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A little birdy told us that Rita Ora is a fan of napping!


She's not the only one and someone who is fond of Rita, our very
own Hippo, has a very special message for her and anyone else who
loves a good nap...


 


 


Hippo Letter


 


 


Our sleep expert, Dr Nerina
Ramlakhan, says: "Power naps can help to rejuvenate you during the
day - giving you more energy to live a fulfilled life. The most
important thing to remember is that a power nap is not sleeping - I
define it as follows: "A power nap is 10-20 minutes in which
you will be aware of thoughts, noises and sensations but at the
same time will be in a deep state of relaxation - not asleep but
not awake."


 


The best time to power nap is during
the day if you start to feel sleepy or find yourself losing
concentration. Many people have a natural dip in energy levels
around 3pm - making it the ideal time for a power
nap.


 


Step 1 - get comfortable, but not
too comfortable. You can power nap on the sofa, in the car, or even
on the floor. Find somewhere where you can physically and mentally
relax


 


Step 2 - set an alarm for 10-20 mins
or ask someone to rouse you


 


Step 3 - close your eyes and become
aware of your breathing … slow it down. You will be aware of
external sounds and your thoughts but keep focusing on your
breathing


 


Step 4 - feel yourself sinking
deeper into relaxation with every breath that you take


 


Step 5 - when your alarm goes off
rouse yourself gently, slowly open your eyes. After 2-3 minutes you
should feel more energised."


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