March 11th is National Napping Day. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking: every dang thing has it’s own “day” of celebration. National Law Day, National Compliment Day, National Naked Gardening Day (yup, that’s a thing…Google it if you don’t believe me). Before you say “stop the madness” let’s talk about this. Naps need their own dedicated day because naps are awesome and good for your health. A Girl’s Guide to Cars supports National Napping Day. So, we present our tips for napping in your car.
We spend a lot of time in our cars. We move from one place to the next in our cars. And it can be exhausting. Especially if you’re a mom or a very busy girl on the go. So let’s talk about some things to consider when you need to stop and sleep. Here are the best tips for napping in your car.
One major reason for an accident is a tired driver. Please don’t drive when you’re sleepy. Driving fatigued is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Naps (especially mid-day) have been scientifically proven to be beneficial for your health. For some, it may seem like a luxury but it’s better safe than sorry when it comes to driving.
Consider your safety and that of your passengers when searching for a place to park and nap. Don’t park in sketchy, secluded or illegal areas. Be sure to check your surroundings. Rest stops are usually a good place to nap
Tips on finding the best napping spots
Don’t park on the side of the highway or on a rural roadway. Find a safe place where you’re unlikely to be hit by another vehicle going at a high speed, such as a parking lot or quiet residential street. Look for a public parking lot in a safe, populated area that is well lit at night. And yes, we know populated and well lit don’t equal to prime napping conditions but you want to make sure you’re safe. Try a Target, Walmart, or grocery stores like Publix, Safeway, HEB, Meijer, and so-on.
Also, remember not to go to sleep in your car with the A/C or heat on. You will put yourself at risk for Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide poisoning. A short nap is probably okay but do you really want to risk it?
Who’s Ready for Naptime?
Parents usually love it when their kids nap in the car. Nap time equals quiet time and it enables the driver to get where they’re going without hearing rounds of “Are we there yet?” and “He’s touching me.”
To make your kids’ rear seat space nap-friendly, consider keeping a cozy blanket in the backseat and installing a sunshade on the rear seat windows. This keeps the glare out of their eyes and a dimmer environment helps sleep come easier for most kids. If their child seat or booster seat can recline, adjust the setting before a trip if you’re hoping for a nap.
Create a soothing playlist (or play an audiobook they’re not interested in). Just make sure it doesn’t put the driver to sleep, too.
Tips for Front Seat Passengers
Reclining the seat and a comfortable neck pillow and/or blanket will usually do the trick for a front-seat passenger who needs to take a nap. Sun shades on the passenger side window or pulling the visor down can also produce great conditions for napping.
Keep in mind that your driver may need someone to talk to in order to stay up and alert. Consider limiting your snooze time. Make sure the driver knows its OK to wake you if they need to chat or want to switch out the driving duties.
- Keep your doors locked.
- Crack your window or sunroof ever so slightly to allow fresh air in, but not so wide that small animals or people can get in.
- Use a sleep mask and earplugs to mute out any noise and light.
- Use a sunshade during the day. This will give you more privacy.
- Charge your electronics before you snooze. If you rely on your car to charge your devices make sure they’re not low on juice before you turn off your engine and shut your eyes. Set a timer on your phone- you want a nap, not a snooze fest.
You might not plan to nap in the car, but if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to, these tips for napping in your car will hopefully help you out. Happy napping!