I’m a happy napper. Not every day, mind you. Maybe only three or four times a week.
It’s a habit, and from all I’ve read, it’s a healthy habit. It’s been called everything from having a snooze, grabbing forty winks, nodding off, dozing, catnapping, and even re-charging the batteries.
Napping has always been something I could do – or could do without. Until lately. Spending an over-abundance of time outdoors has made my habit impossible to resist. Fresh air and sunshine combined with lake water is the ultimate sedative – at least for me.
During our time up north, my husband seemed shocked that I left our company to have a lie-down. As if I had a choice! My eyeballs were rolling in my head. Maybe my sunglasses would have camouflaged my slumbering state. No, that wouldn’t have worked. The fact that I was no longer talking would have been the giveaway. It was definitely naptime.
And it wasn’t as if company had just dropped by for the afternoon. If that were the case, my toddling off with a blankie would have undoubtedly been tactless. No, the company was staying for the week. It was all good. I introduced cold drinks, appetizers, and some reading material. Then I popped inside for a little napperoo. Better than stifling yawns at the table.
Aside from nature’s tranquilizer, stress or a frazzled brain is equally nap inducing. It’s futile to try to accomplish anything without that timeout.
The experts claim that sixty to ninety minutes is the perfect nap. I’m usually a one-hour napper – but sometimes less. Invariably, that’s all it takes to feel revitalized.
Some companies actually encourage mid-shift naps. The guys at the top realize they can get more work out of their employees if they allow power naps on the job. It’s the key to productivity. Why else would big corporations provide nap pods for their employees? And Google provides food, too! Three meals plus unlimited snacks. My dream job!!
Where was I? Oh yes, naps. Some of the companies, Google for instance, prefer that their employees indulge in power naps – five to fifteen minutes. It takes that long for some of us to doze off. But I guess it’s all in training the habit.
So many times I’ve heard people say that if there’s one thing they can’t do, it’s sleep during the day. Take a tip from an authority. Yes, I’ve done my research. Do not lie back in your recliner, close your eyes, and think that you will magically nap. Go to a dark room, preferably a bedroom, and cover yourself. Even if it’s hot you can tolerate a light sheet, and it will help you to nod off. If you’d like to begin a ‘habit’ of napping, try doing this around the same time each day.
If you’re worried about sleeping too long, set a timer. ‘Timer’ sounds much better than ‘alarm’. The worst thing that can happen is you will lie quietly for fifteen minutes and be unable to fall asleep. Trust me, those fifteen minutes are not a waste of time. You will still feel refreshed, or at the least, you’ll feel rested.
It’s been proven by the experts – not me, the real experts – that napping improves creativity, memory function, and heart health. Yes, I love hearing the experts tout the benefits of a good snooze.
Of course, exercise is beneficial for our health, too. And I could sure use the exercise. But I’ll have to sleep on that one.