Top tips for taking a nap – according to dogs

21 Nov

Whether you’ve hit that post-lunchtime danger zone, or you’re just feeling a bit worn down, there’s nothing quite like a power-snooze to help get you through the rest of your day. And, if anyone knows about napping, it’s our friends in the animal kingdom.

You don’t have to be a dog-owner to be aware of how much our canine companions like to squeeze in a bit of extra shut-eye. Even though it’s felines who have built their reputation on making the most of a quick rest – cat nap anyone? – dogs can certainly give us a few pointers.

1. Location, location, location

For a good, refreshing nap, be sure to choose a place where you can feel relaxed and at ease. Sleeping at your workspace may not be ideal, as your mind might keep coming back to your to-do list. But, it might work out, if the conditions are right.

2. Comfort

A soft bed or sofa can be great places to settle down for a quick snooze. Some might even enjoy napping in the great out doors – a warm sandy beach or a bit of grass under a tree can both be excellent choices. Wherever you go for your nap, make sure it’s a place that makes you feel comfortable, cosy and secure.

Labrador sleeping in planter

Found on LA Times

3. Napping buddies

A power-nap doesn’t need to be a solo endeavour, so snuggle up with a loved one and enjoy some quiet time together.

Spaniel and bulldog napping

Source: Imgur

4. Avoid caffeine and sugar before your nap

It’s always disappointing when your nap goes bad. The easiest way to sabotage your rest is to consume something that will leave you wide awake as soon as you settle down for those 40-winks – so avoid things like coffee and sugar before your snooze.

Excited boxer

Source: Imgur


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