Good sleep is like oxygen: you need it. You want to sleep well, but it’s not always as effortless as lying in your fortress of comfort and drifting into a deep slumber.
According to the American Sleep Association, 50 to 70 million US adults have a sleep disorder and 37.9% unintentionally fall asleep during the day.
That’s why we are excited about National Public Sleeping Day, the perfect opportunity for you to get some extra zzz’s─ in a public place. This fun holiday spontaneously emerged in 2011, and every year more sleep-deprived individuals are joining in by taking mid-day naps.
To help you take full advantage of National Public Sleeping Day, here are seven typical day things to watch out for:
1. The weather: one day it’s hot, the next it’s cold
It’s February, and the weather is unpredictable so check the daily forecast. Layer up! You can always remove extra clothing if you get warm.
2. Your comfort: bring your cozy outdoors
Bring a blanket and comfortable neck support to help you get cozy at your nap location. If it’s particularly cold, drink a hot beverage to warm up 15 minutes before you head outside.
3. Your location: don’t sleep with one eye open
Pick a safe public spot. Consider familiar places that are close to your location and work best for you. A park, the bus, your car, or the beach are great ideas if you take safety precautions. You can get as creative as you like when choosing your location.
4. Your schedule: make room for a special treat
Check your work schedule to see where your nap fits best. You don’t want to be headed out of the office forgetting you have a meeting in ten minutes. That could be a disaster!
5. Your phone: put that thing on silent
Don’t give distractions a chance to interrupt your sleep. Before your nap, silence your phone so you can get the full experience.
6. Your bladder: it can sneak up on you, watch out!
It’s like when a movie is getting good and you need to use the restroom, but you hold it instead. We can guess how that turns out─ with you rushing out the movie to use the restroom. Avoid this interruption by emptying your bladder right before your nap.
7. Your attitude: smile your way to slumber time
When it’s time to head to your public sleeping location, remember to clear out the chatter in your mind. You can listen to music or do breathing exercises. Whatever you do, keep it positive and calming.
At last, when you awake from your slumber, share your public sleeping experience with friends and family. Hashtag National Public Sleeping Day. Take full advantage of this day and mark it on your yearly calendar─ wouldn’t want to miss out on encouraged slumber time. Happy napping!