Paul Edwards, Former Solider & Current Entrepreneur, Greater Seattle

“I started taking naps while serving as a US soldier. We started our days at 6:30am, which meant I would wake up at 5:30am. We had a 90-minute lunch break, so after eating, I would drive into the wilderness of the base where I served, put my seat back down and sleep for 30-45 minutes.

These days, I nap almost every day. I have an early start, often around 4:30am, so by 2pm, I’m nap-ready and usually take a 30-60 minute siesta.

Before napping, I feel heavy and distracted, with a shallow breath and droopy eyelids.

After napping, I feel refreshed, recharged and nourished.

Sleep is the most powerful tool we have to burn fat, build muscle, restore our physical being and activate our powerful subconscious mind.

I’ve leveraged sleep as a professional writer. I create an outline of what I have to write in the evening, and then I sleep on it. When I awake, not only do I know what I’m going to write, but I’ve also activated my subconscious mind to recall stories, examples and good phraseology.”