nap like a champThere is something about napping during the daytime that seems to come off as childish or irresponsible in today’s culture.  However, outside of the United States there are many different cultures which not only allow naps during the day, but also encourage them.

 

For example, traditionally in the Spanish and Latin American culture a siesta, or a midday rest, is taken right after lunch or the midday meal.  It is a time to rest for a short amount of time and then get back to the daily grind of life.

 

Many people would do good to adopt this particular practice and remove some of that stress that seems to build up during the day.  It would be so wonderful to take just a little time during the day to sit back and relax.

 

This is especially true in today’s fast paced culture where it just does not seem like there are enough hours in the day to get everything done that needs to be done.  People often take time that should be used for sleeping to do other things.

 

Not getting enough sleep in one day has many adverse effects, from decreased productivity to decreased reaction time.  On top of all of the other negative effects, getting less than the necessary amount of time nearly triples the rate of getting in a car accident if driving.

 

The average person needs about seven to eight hours of sleep a day.  Getting less than this over long periods of time builds up a sleep deficit, which in turn is the catalyst for all the negative effects mentioned earlier.  Sleeping more than nine hours also has a negative effect on the body.

 

Midday naps are a very effective practice for restoring some of that sleep that may have been lost at night and also for reducing stress, increasing reaction time, increasing learning, more efficiency and better health.

 

Simply taking 15 minutes in the middle of the day can do a lot of good, especially since, when truly considered, everyone has at least 15 minutes to spare.  Taking thirty minutes to an hour is even better should the time be available.

 

The main point, however, is that taking a short power nap, even in the absence of a mattress is a great practice that should be adopted.  Even taking a little time to meditate or put the mind at ease has the same kind of effects as a power nap.  However it is done, what is important is that it is done!