There’s something that most of adults have forgotten from our early childhood years that could drastically improve our quality of life. It’s free, easy and actually feels really good. It’s a wonderful thing called “taking a nap”.
The National Institute of Mental Health (a division of the NIH) has documented findings in an interesting review article. The article confirms what toddlers have been demonstrating for many, many years. The benefits of taking a nap range from decreasing stress levels, increasing your ability to learn new tasks, increasing alertness, productivity and creativity just to name a few. Here is a link to the article… see for yourself:
The stigma that people who nap are just lazy is really not the case at all, in fact, your performance only gets better following a nap, so: work smarter- not harder right? There have been many famously productive people who are proponents of a good power nap.
Here are some tips for creating the perfect nap:
- Taking a late morning or early afternoon nap is less likely to leave you “groggy”.
- Find a dark place or a cover for your eyes, this stimulates the release of a hormone called melatonin, which has been shown to induce sleep.
- Find a quiet place or use something to create “white noise” such as a fan or even a “white noise” app on your mobile phone.
- Use a blanket or turn up the heat because your body temp. drops when you sleep.
- The optimal nap time is about 20 min. Chances are, if you allow yourself to wake up on your own, you will find that your body naturally wakes up after about this amount of time… but if you can’t take the chance that you won’t wake up on time, put yourself in a comfortable position and when you feel you are fully relaxed, set an alarm for 25 or 30 minutes.
Sleep Tight! ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz……………….
Erik S. Vose D.C.