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Thursday, January 3, 2013

They Call me the Napster


It seems the older I get, the more welcome an afternoon nap is to me!  I see some heads nodding out there!  I don't take a nap every day, but there are days when if I don't just go lay down and sleep, I will just drop where I am and sleep!  Is anyone else relating to this? 

How important is a nap to overall wellness?  

Even when I worked a full-time job, I would sneak off and take a little snooze on my afternoon break.  There was a couch with a couple of vending machines in the basement of the building I worked in.  Hardly anyone was around and it was quiet, except for the sound of the vending machines.  They hummed me to a semi-conscious state for about 20 minutes.  Those power naps really helped me get through the rest of my work day.

I'm not saying I was the most productive person in the department, but I am saying that once I had taken a nap, I was better able to focus on my work and did not need artificial stimulation to keep me going like most of my co-workers, who would make a run for the coffee or soda pop.  I was quite satisfied with my zzz's around 2:00 every afternoon.

After a little nap, I feel as though my creative juices are flowing better and my mind is recharged and ready to work on the more challenging aspects that before the nap I may have been struggling with.  The term "fresh eyes" comes to mind.  It is like you have literally shut your brain off for a short amount of time and then when it wakes up, you do have fresh eyes to see a problem in a different way and have the solution to it.

My mood improves after a nap.  Now I will say, if I sleep too long, that's not good either.  I can awaken a little groggy and have a hard time getting in gear if I've over-slept.  It's best if I keep my nap between 20-30 minutes.  Of course, I don't set an alarm, so if I do sleep longer I just suppose it's because I needed the extra rest.

Women who take a midday nap at least three times a week are 37% less likely to die of heart disease - and men are a whopping 64% less likely to die of heart disease!  I do a happy dance when I find my husband taking a nap!  I never complain one bit when I see that!

I usually zonk out about the same time every day - and I do not apologize for it.  About 2:00 pm every day - I'm in la la land sawing logs and lovin' it!  I try to make the room just as dark as I can and I snuggle in my blankets, just like I do at night.  I have the luxury of being able to slip into my PJ's for my nap, which obviously you can not do if you're napping at work.  I also have the good fortune of napping in my own wonderful bed on my own wonderful pillow.

To improve your mood, productivity and overall health and wellness - take a nap!  It's not just for Kindergartner's anymore!!!

This is such a cute video!!!  Why kids need naps!  It's so true for all of us - our tummies get full and we get... soooo... sleepy!!!  Quit fighting it - go take a nap!


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