Napping, the Ultimate Luxury... December 14 2015

Napping, the Ultimate Luxury 

Not too much is written about napping. After all, we are a society that operates on the luxury of being around the clock, on-demand, 24/7, etc. Once you are past the age of 3, naps dwindle to mere rest time until age 5, then its full steam ahead… basically, for the rest of your life. 

A century ago, our forefathers’ circadian rhythms were in tune to daylight and darkness. Modern conveniences such as electricity and the glow of our screens (TV, computer, phones) have disrupted those natural rhythms, so that there is less time dedicated to rest and sleep. (Try prying the electronics away from your teenager at bedtime and you will see what I mean.) 

What if, in our rat-race-quest to hurry, be first, be best, we took 10-20 minutes a day for a catnap? Most mammals do it and so do other global cultures. In fact, in other parts of the world, it’s an acceptable part of the day. But here, we need to get over the guilt associated with napping as an extravagance. 

Naps can improve health, mood, vision, reflexes and memory. Napping is a chance to digest the breakup of a boyfriend, mull over a bad grade and separate from negative comments. It can solve problems and even create ideas. A nap can refresh the body’s energy supply and sharpen senses. 

So, give yourself permission. Pick a time and try it. 

Nap where it’s naturally comfortable but not where you could log-in an hour or more and lose track of your day. At the office, there might be a conference room with a sofa that you could reserve for 15 minutes. Try having your lunch at a park and sneaking the last 10 minutes in your car, parked under the tree. Wherever you are, have a small comfortable travel pillow, which helps induce sleep mode and maybe even some light music. 

Let’s decide together that napping is less of a luxury and more of a necessity. 

Chat back with your comments on how napping has improved your life.