The National Sleep Foundation endorses the practice of taking a daily nap even if you happen to be an adult.
Here is a great health tip that will help you have more energy during the day. It is so simple, you probably never even considered it. I know I never did, until I actually tried it, then repeated it long enough to make sure I got the same results. So what’s the tip? “Take a nap.”
That’s right people, even if you’re an adult, there is nothing like a good nap! Clearly, it is great for young children and elderly people, and napping is also very important in a lot of different cultures. But when it comes to the average adult, they typically don’t give much thought to taking naps, especially in today’s busy and technological society.
Even when you’re not busy for real, the world holds enough distractions to make you think you are. So really then, who the heck has time for a nap? In fact, by now, you may be laughing, or even cursing under your breath at me! How ridiculous to even SUGGEST that you have time somewhere in your busy day for a nap!
Keep it Simple
Before you start to object, know that I’m not talking about finding a bed or some place to stretch out and go to sleep in the middle of your day. You can keep things real simple, and try a brief nap, regardless of your circumstances. Everyone’s day typically consists of at least one break or lunch period. You can nap at your desk, in a chair, sitting on the grass, wherever. The aim is to quiet your thoughts and relax your mind, until you fall into a hazy little sleep.
I remember how I used to take part of my 45-minute lunch break and grab a quick nap. I’d recline my car seat, and relax in the parking lot of the Taco Bell near the building where I worked. Who would have thought I actually had time to order, eat, and take a restful little nap, yet still make it back to work on time? The daily snooze always helped me make it through the rest of my afternoon at work.
Napping is Beneficial
“A short nap is usually recommended (20–30 minutes) for short-term alertness.”
Whether you work in the home, outside the home, or you don’t happen to work at all; no doubt, there is something sucking into your time that prevents you from even entertaining such an idea. Taking a nap may not seem like a priority if it means sacrificing a little time out of your day. But once you experience the benefits of napping, you will find that you actually gain more than you lose.
According to the National Sleep Foundation: “A short nap is usually recommended (20–30 minutes) for short-term alertness.” Unlike children and seniors, you don’t have to take a long 1 or 2 hour nap every day. All you need is a quick 20 minute pick me up to do the trick. Taking this kind of short nap during the course of your day will improve your alertness as well as your performance. At the same time, it won’t leave you feeling groggy and irritable, nor interfere with your nighttime sleep schedule.
So if you’re looking for an effective energy booster during the course of your day, why not see if you can schedule some time for a quick nap.