Nap Time – The New Happy Hour

Nap Time – The New Happy HourMarch 12, 2014

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I LOVE Nap Time! And today happens to be National Napping Day, so life is looking pretty sweet!

My love affair with Nap Time began as a new mom and continues to endure! My oldest is fourteen, and I still enjoy a nap almost as much as ice cream.

What is it about Nap Time that deserves such praise? From the scientific perspective studies show napping:

  • increases alertness, reaction time and reduces accidents
  • improves learning and working memory
  • prevents burnout and reverses information overload
  • heightens senses and creativity
  • improves health by boosting your immune system, reducing stress, and aiding in muscle repair and weight loss
  • improves mood

From the personal perspective, it keeps me sane.

For some, a fair amount of guilt surrounds the idea of napping. If you are a closet napper or dream of taking a nap, but are afraid of what others may think – rest assured nappers make good company. Famous nappers include:

  • Winston Churchill
  • Albert Einstein
  • Leonardo DaVinci
  • Eleanor Roosevelt

Can’t imagine where you’d find the time to nap? Happily naps don’t have to be long! Sleep experts find that you can benefit from as little as 10 minutes of napping while thirty minutes to an hour seem to be optimum.

Granted, it is not always easy to fit in a nap when working. However, with a little creativity folks are napping – from unused office spaces to their cars or park benches – people are finding quiet spots to nap during their lunch hour. For stay at home parents the essentianal nap is achievable by napping when the kids nap or scheduling a little Quiet Time for kids in their rooms when they no longer nap.

To make the most of your naps, here are a few tips from Sara C. Mednick, PhD, sleep expert and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life.:

  • Be consistent. Keep a regular nap schedule. Prime napping time falls between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Make it quick. Set alarm for 30 minutes or less if you don’t want to wake up groggy.
  • Go dark. Nap in a dark room or wear an eye mask. Blocking out light helps you fall asleep faster.
  • Stay warm. Stash a blanket nearby because your body temperature drops while you snooze.

In honor of National Napping Day So Ready Designs is offering 15% off all Nap Time Ready…So Ready purchases (code: LOVENAP)!

 For further Nap Time reading check out:

Take a Nap! Change Your Life by Sarah C. Mednick, Ph.D
Nap Quest
The Sweet Science of Dozing
Truth About Naps

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