Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
I remember that my mother often napped in the afternoon. It felt confining when I was a child and too old for naps myself, because we had to be sooooo quiet, tip toeing around the house. But when I think back and do the math, she was forty-seven when I was ten and my brother was seven. No wonder she was exhausted!
No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap.
Of course, I'm certain naps are beneficial, or else how could I justify them? Luckily, The National Sleep Foundation agrees with me. According to the NSF:
- Naps can restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents. A study at NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34% and alertness 100%.
- Naps can increase alertness in the period directly following the nap and may extend alertness a few hours later in the day.
- Scheduled napping has also been prescribed for those who are affected by narcolepsy.
- Napping has psychological benefits. A nap can be a pleasant luxury, a mini-vacation. It can provide an easy way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation.
Two famous (and brilliant) nappers were Thomas Edison and Leonardo DaVinci. Need I say more?
There has been lots of drama and trauma in my life lately.....and way too much of both. Naps have been my saving grace. They have helped me stay on a more even keel, in spite of evidence to the contrary in the form of a meltdown or two, and regrettable rash action.
But today is a bright new day, made even better after my nap.
Are you a napper? Do they help you?
Have you been there?