Are you ready for a nooner? An afternoon delight? No, No – I don’t mean that — I mean a quick cat nap to refresh and revive yourself and give you enough energy to get through the rest of the day!!!!!
So many of us are multi-tasking and fast-tracking and jump-starting from early morning to late at night, and we get exhausted and sick and tired, just from overdoing and not enough sleep. If you find yourself on the fast track to burnout, why not try a nap at noon to give you the energy and vitality you need to get through the day?
A power nap, or a short cat nap, is a better solution to sleepiness than a cup of coffee. Research has shown that these short 20-minute sleep periods can not only make you more alert when you wake up, but also can improve your ability to learn or perform motor skills. Longer naps have their benefits also – sleeping for 30 to 60 minutes can increase memory and enhance creativity. It’s also great for people needing to make important decisions or studying for tests. When you nap for an even longer period of time, like more than an hour, and you get into deep REM sleep, this can help aid in making new connections in the brain and solving creative problems.
Here are five benefits of closing your eyes and snoozing during the day:
1. Napping can help boost your creativity.
2. Napping can improve your memory and slow down the aging process.
3. Napping can reduce the amount of unwanted stress in your life and keep you young and healthy longer.
4. Napping can give you the energy you need to exercise, essential to your natural health.
5. Napping can increase your alertness and productivity.
So, stop thinking of napping as being a lazy thing to do. A lot of famous people have been power nappers – Bill Clinton, Thomas Edison, Leonardo da Vinci – and all those wonderful cats and kittens we love – they all nap! So get yourself into a napping routine – shut off the lights, turn off the computer, get yourself comfortable and warm – and snooZZZZZZZZZZZZZe!
For more tips on sleep – see previous Post S is for Sleep – Some Timely Tips for Sound Snoozing