As someone who’s been described as an A type personality, my attitude towards napping for most of my adult life was that I didn’t have time for a nap. Even on weekends my to-do list was like a badge of honour and the more I added to it the more important and empowered I felt. Deep down though, I knew deep it wasn’t sustainable.
When I did try to nap I couldn’t switch off my brain to relax – unless I was reading.
Then I discovered the power of napping through a workshop I attended in 2013 with Thea. Learning the science and being given permission, were key.
I have never looked back.
Now I nap most days somewhere between 1 and 3 pm for about 15 – 20 minutes, and I will generally plan my day to allow for it. I’m an early riser so I know my circadian rhythms drop considerably mid afternoon. I may not necessarily sleep, but I might doze or meditate.
I will nap wherever I can. It’s great when I’m on a plane or in a car when someone else is driving. Otherwise I lie down under a desk if I’m in my office or on the floor with my feet on the couch.
Before a nap I often can’t think straight. After 20 minutes of sleep, I may feel a little groggy at first on waking, but then I can work better through the afternoon – I concentrate better and am more productive.
It also improves my night sleep is better as well.
Everyone should do it! Especially if you work for yourself. And employers should be more open to it.