While you may have put off doing it when you were younger, citing lack of time (you could not 'find' 20-30 minute) and all that sort of stuff, now that you've ascended from the salt mine you might reconsider adding the daily nap to your list of must-dos.
You'll find that you're in good company if you decided to start taking a daily nap. (Actually, age has got nothing much to do with the practice of napping, but it's never too late to start.) Other successful nappers included:
- Leonardo da Vinci reckoned that, by taking multiple naps during the day he needed less sleep at night.
- Napoleon had many indulgences, and the daily nap was just one of them.
- Thomas Edison was embarrassed about his napping habit, but he practiced doing it daily.
- Eleanor Roosevelt used to boost her energy by napping before speaking engagements.
- John F. Kennedy used to eat his lunch in bed before settling in for a nap. He did it every day, if he could.
- Winston Churchill's afternoon nap was a non-negotiable, believing that it helped him get twice as much done each day.
Other well-known nappers included; John D. Rockefeller, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Gene Autry, Bruce Small, and my dad Tom Flanagan: you certainly will not be the first to experience the multiple benefits to be derived from napping. Some extra benefits might include some (or all) of these:
- You'll increase your level of alertness;
- You'll reduce feeling stressed;
- You'll feel like you're making a fresh start;
- You'll gain sensitivity – of sight, hearing, and taste;
- You'll improve your level of creativity;
- You'll reduce any risk of heart disease; and
- You'll feel as if you've increased your productivity.
If you'd like to give napping a go, these tips might help.
- Go for consistency by trying to nap at the same time every day.
- Keep it short. Avoid that feeling of grogginess and disorientation that can come from awakening from a deep sleep. Set your phone alarm to avoid oversleeping.
- Turn off the lights. Darkness communicates a powerful message. If you can not turn off the lights, use a simple eye mask.
- Use a blanket (if you can).
- Select your favorite place enabling others to appreciate what you're doing.
- Change your thinking about naps. People who take them are not lazy. It could be that they're onto something that is well worth trying.