The power of a nap (aka The soft-reset)

It’s no secret, I love me a nap. I’ve always been that way and I am sure I always will be. There is nothing better than tucking under a blanket and having nap on a cold afternoon while the snow falls outside. Or a nap after a really intense Mountain bike ride (fresh air mixed with sports always put me down).

Much like when you have to do a soft-reset (turning off, then back on) to your phone or device, a Nap (or as I like to refer to it as the soft-reset) does the same thing, only for you. It fixes what went wonky.

I am a chronic insomniac. I wake up 3-4 times a night on average. My brain just doesn’t shut down most nights and I’ve popped out of bed at 3 am with an idea, or inspiration and had to stay up and ponder it for a bit. I’ve tried sleep aids, meditation, yoga, gravity blanket and every other random bits of advice and suggestions I’ve received over the years. Sometimes things work, most times it doesn’t.

Sooooo, I rely on the power of a nap to get the rest my mind and body needs.

There are proven studies about the many benefits of napping:

  • Naps make you more alert and improve motor functions.
  • Regular naps help to lower tension and stress.
  • Naps make you happier. Especially if you don’t get enough sleep at night.
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There are also negative affects to napping. You just have to find the right balance between amount and duration of your naps. I am also well aware of the stigmas attached to napping. Such as “you are lazy if you nap” and “napping is for kids and old people”. Obviously the people who believe this haven’t experienced the power of even a quick 20 minute snooze.

So what are you waiting for? Go have a nap zzzzzzzzz

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