In the modern world, we’re often compelled to be as productive as possible during as many hours of the day as we can be. We may feel like taking a nap but feel guilty about indulging in even ten minutes of rest.
This need for personal downtime, which many people experience in the early afternoon, isn’t a sign of laziness nor is it necessarily related to how much sleep you had the night before. There was even a time when taking a nap was considered a natural part of everyone’s day, my grandfather used to have a nap after lunch every day and lived to a ripe old age.
Napping is judged by many to be a pastime for children or the elderly, however, having a nap can benefit people of all ages. The desire to nap is a trait shared by many mammals, and napping is still an important part of the day in some countries. Half-hour naps can promote physical well-being, and improve your mood and memory.
A 20-minute nap can sharpen your senses and revitalize you, while a ten minute nap can leave you feeling more cheerful.
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In order to fully enjoy the benefits of napping, you may need to give yourself permission to nap. Feeling guilty about snoozing or worrying about your to-do list won’t do you much good when you are trying to take a nap because your thoughts or feelings will keep you awake.
Try to nap at the same time each day, and use an alarm clock to ensure that you don’t sleep for too long. If you go to an office, try crawling under your desk for a nap, just watch out for the dust bunnies:-)
Learning to nap and enjoy its restorative benefits can help you wake up restored, rejuvenated, and ready for the rest of your day.
“It's so important to realize that every time you get upset, it drains your emotional energy. Losing your cool makes you tired. Getting angry a lot messes with your health.”
― Joyce Meyer
― Joyce Meyer