English nap: Practise in your sleep

A while ago on the World of Words, I mentioned studying before you go to sleep so you can dream in English. What about if you prefer to study during the day, though? Why not take a nap after you study?

Just a short nap of 20 minutes can leave you feeling refreshed and make you more productive for the rest of the day. How do you do it, though?

First, find a quiet place where you are not going to be disturbed. Turn your cell phone off and get comfortable. You can nap in a chair or on the floor, whichever suits you best. Set an alarm clock or a timer to wake you up in 20 minutes.

Next, make yourself comfortable. You don’t actually need to fall completely asleep to take a nap, just start by aiming to close your eyes and completely relax for your nap time. Relax the muscles in your face then slowly relax all your muscles. Try to clear your mind and focus on breathing deeply.

If you are able to, let yourself drift off to sleep. If not, just make sure you are totally relaxed for 20 minutes with your eyes closed until the alarm goes off. Make sure to get up as soon as the alarm goes off. If you oversleep, you will end up feeling more tired.

With practice, you will be able to nap whenever you want and you might even be able to have a dream in English!

Today’s image is by Kymberly Vohsen.

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