Are you a napper? From what I have seen, napping doesn’t work for everyone. I know some people who will sleep for 30 minutes and wake up feeling refreshed and energized. At the same time, I know people who will sleep the whole day away if they try taking a nap.
Being a dental student, there have been many times where I felt like I could use a nap. Going to class every day from 8-5 and having to study after really takes a toll. A lot of people rely on coffee to stay energized throughout the day. But, if you are like me and you hate the taste of coffee, you need something else to get you through the day. Some people rely on naps, but I think there is a better way to stay energized.
First of all, I don’t think there is anything wrong with napping. I know many people who are very productive and still take naps every day. But, I feel like naps are a waste of time, so I try to avoid them at all costs.
So How Do I Avoid Naps?
I go to the gym. I work out. Or, I try to do some form of exercise.
You might be thinking that I would just get even more tired by exercising, but I actually come back feeling refreshed. In the 1-2 hours it takes me to go the gym and back, I could have had a decent nap. But instead, I am able to get the same result with the added bonus of exercising!
Why Is This the Case?
According to WebMD, regular exercise makes it easier to fall asleep and sleep more soundly. It also gives you more daytime energy & keeps your thinking sharp. Meaning, I can study more efficiently and get more done even after spending 1-2 hours in the gym.
What About You?
Now, this works for me but it it may not work for everyone. Next time you are tired and feel like you need a nap, try doing some exercise and let me know how it works!
And if you have any other tips on avoiding naps, leave them in the comments below!
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