Most people know the benefits of a good night’s sleep, but taking a nap can also be beneficial for your health and well-being. Most people think that napping can disrupt nighttime sleep, but a Harvard study has shown that taking short naps in the afternoon resulted in better sleep quality at night. Moreover, having a 45-minute siesta also improved the participants’ cognitive test performance. Carving out time for a good nap is important, but it’s also essential to have a restful place for a short snooze. Your garden can be the best place to take an afternoon nap, and with a few design tricks, you can set it up to create a peaceful sanctuary where you can enjoy a short slumber. Here’s how to create a cozy napping spot in your garden.
Create some shade
If you happen to have large trees in the garden, take advantage of the leafy canopy above you and place a hammock or a folding reclining chair underneath to make a comfy napping spot. However, if your backyard has a shortage of trees, you can create some shade by placing a pergola with a retractable canopy cover in your patio. You can also install a pavilion right in the middle of your garden to create a siesta nook. For a less permanent option, try having a patio umbrella in your garden, but make sure that it’s large enough to provide adequate shade while you nap.
Make it comfy
If you’re looking to get a good snooze, then napping on a plastic chair won’t cut it. Being uncomfortable can lead to sleep problems such as sleep anxiety, and it can be quite frustrating if you’re trying to get a good nap. Moreover, developing sleep anxiety may exacerbate fatigue and lead to stress, which is the last thing that you need if you want to to have refreshing naps for better health. To create a comfortable napping spot, place a cushioned sun lounger with a footrest in the patio or garden. A patio sofa would also work, but make sure that it’s upholstered in weatherproof material. Drape a soft throw over the lounger or sofa to make it cozy, and don’t forget to add a pillow or two.
Enhance your garden’s relaxing vibe
To make your garden or backyard even more conducive to napping, try enhancing your outdoor space’s relaxing vibe by adding a few accessories. A water fountain can provide you with the soothing sound of running water, which may help to lull you to sleep. A hidden speaker can also be installed in your patio and you can use it to listen to a relaxing playlist to help you unwind. Don’t forget to have a few softly-scented plants in your napping spot, such as primrose, which gives off a fruity scent, or lily of the valley, which exudes a soft and sweet aroma. Better yet, try having pots of lavender in your siesta area as lavender is often used in skincare and bath products to promote better sleep.
Having a pleasant place to enjoy a short snooze can be invaluable to your health. Try these tips to create a cozy napping spot in your garden and see how having regular, refreshing naps can impact your well-being.