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A Beginner’s Guide to Napping

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As a nation, the US is becoming increasingly sleep deprived. Whether this is due to long working hours, looking after our children or more time spent on devices, we’re simply not getting as much sleep as we used to.

While a nap is no replacement for a good night’s sleep, it can certainly help us become more productive, happy and alert throughout the day. Not convinced? Well it might interest you to know that the humble nap was famously championed by famous figures such as Thomas Edison, Leonardo Da Vinci and Eleanor Roosevelt, who regularly scheduled a snooze into their day.

With World Sleep Day just around the corner, we’re here to guide you through the delicate art of napping with some frequently asked questions from a select group of beginners.

Q: Where should I nap?

A: The beauty of a nap is that you can do it almost anywhere. Unlike a full night’s sleep, you can choose any convenient place to rest because you will only be there for a short period of time. This could be on a desk, couch, bed, car or on public transport – the world is your oyster.

Q: What time of day should I nap?

A: To know when you should nap, simply listen to your body. Are your eyes feeling heavy? Are you finding it hard to concentrate? Are you feeling lethargic? If so, give your body the rest it needs.

If you prefer a routine, why not experiment with setting a time to nap every day. This could be on your lunch break at work or when you get home after a long day.

Q: How long should I nap for?

A: There is no set amount of time for how long a nap should be. However, it is important to understand how the length of a nap can affect the benefits you get.

10-20 minutes – Known as a ‘power nap’, this amount of sleep boosts your alertness and energy. This light sleep means it is easy to wake up without feeling tired.

30-60 minutes – This means you achieve some ‘slow-wave’ sleep, which helps improve your memory. But beware, this length of nap can leave you feeling groggy and tired, a state also known as sleep inertia.

90 minutes – A full cycle of sleep that includes REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, takes 90 minutes to complete. This length of nap allows you to dream and is easy to wake up from, leaving you feeling refreshed and more creative.

So there you have it, all the information you’ll possibly need to have your first successful nap!

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Make your own #ChristyChristmas Crackers…

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Make your own #ChristyChristmas Crackers

Looking for extra festive fun in the lead up to Christmas?
Making your own Christmas crackers is not only super easy, but it’s fun to share with the whole family.

The equipment list is as follows:

• Wrapping paper
• Scissors
• Ruler
• Ribbon
• Glue
• Cracker Snaps
(these can be bought inexpensively from most craft shops.)
• 3 Empty Toilet Rolls
• Token Gifts, Handwritten Jokes and a traditional Christmas Hat

Firstly, roll out your wrapping paper and cut a landscape rectangle measuring 20cm (across) x 30 cm (down). Take your rectangle, turn it face down and rule 10cm in from each end. Mark the 10cm point, by drawing a line from bottom to top, firmly with a sharp pencil.

Next, take one of your Cracker Snaps and affix with a blob of glue at either end in a straight line across the top of the rectangle.

You should end up with something like this:

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Using the pencil markings, place the 3 empty toilet rolls in the columns drawn out. Delicately roll the toilet rolls so the wrapping paper wraps around and covers them. I like to add a dot of glue in the centre to hold the paper together nicely too.

You’ll now have a wrapped cylinder. Pull one of the end toilet rolls out very slightly. Gently twist and push the end back inwards to make a crease – this will become your first end. Grab your cut of ribbon and tie in a neat bow around your newly made groove. Once it looks exactly how you’d like it to, remove the toilet roll altogether.

Take your gifts, hand written joke, Christmas hat (… and anything else you want to throw in for that matter)  through the opposite end, then repeat the last step (ensuring none of your inner items fall out in the process!)

You should now have your final cracker! You may want to decorate further using name plates. Children may choose to decorate further using pens, stickers or bows too!

Share your crackers with us @christy_linens. Hope you enjoy!