“You must sleep sometime between lunch and dinner. Don’t think you will be doing less work because you sleep during the day. That’s a foolish notion held by people who have no imagination. You will be able to accomplish more. You get two days in one – Well, at least one and a half.”
- Winston Churchill
A woman with a very stressful schedule exclaimed, “I don’t have time to take a nap!”
A young mother asked me with a tone of frustration, “When do you nap when you have little kids?”
Another anxious woman shared, “I feel like I’m lazy when I nap, as if I’m doing something wrong.”
We are living in a time in history where more is required from us, the demands of our daily schedules are pushing us fatigue, burnout, exhaustion, stress, anxiety, and unhappiness.
Researchers are finding out that napping helps regenerate the body at a cellular level, it gives you energy, greater capacity to accomplish more, feel happier, and be more at peace. Napping is an art that takes practice. Training your body to do it, is worth the effort, especially when you know that 20-minute nap equals 4 hours of sleep!
Great Tips for Successful Naps
Find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed. Whether you work at home or in an office, whether you have small children or work shifts, find 10 to 20 minutes a day for you.
Take at least 5 good relaxing deep breaths. Breathing releases tension, oxygenates the body and regenerates your cells.
Essential Oils create the mood for relaxation. Rub gently a drop of lavender, sandalwood, chamomile, geranium or another essential oil of your choice on your temples before you nap. Put another drop on the palm of your hand and smell it as you take relaxing breaths.
Listening to relaxing music will helps slow down the heartbeat, promote brainwaves to relax, calm the nervous system and it is soothing to the soul.
Let me know your experience, the benefits and challenges of napping for you, in the comments below!