April 1, 2019
Sneak in an afternoon nap
Most working people in Hong Kong get a 1-hour lunch break. Some people choose to eat quickly and then relax by playing games, others choose to take a short nap after eating. From Chinese medicine perspective, it is beneficial to take a nap between 11am and 1pm. This is the time when the central meridian is on duty, when yin and yang transition. If you take a short nap in this time, you can replenish energy for the rest of the day.
Healthy living in “Huangdi Neijing” suggests going to sleep around 11pm-1am and taking a short nap around 11am-1pm. The nap should not be too long, 20-30 minutes would be enough or your night time sleep quality may be affected. If you are busy at work and cannot take a nap, try closing your eyes for a bit to recharge.
Notes for afternoon nap:
– it should not be too long, 20-30 minutes is enough
– try not to sleep on your desk as you are putting pressure on your heart, try laying flat or on your side
– avoid areas where the wind is blowing at you and wear a jacket to nap