The Importance of Napping (Siestas)

I personally love this. It fits well into my lifestyle.

A nap is a short period of sleep, usually taken during the day.

Many swear by napping as an effective way to relax and recharge, while others find naps unhelpful and disruptive to their sleep.

I personally love this. It fits well into my lifestyle.

In the modern world, we’re often compelled to be as productive as possible during as many hours of the day as we can be.

While this can lead to great feats of accomplishment, we often become exhausted and find ourselves craving rest and rejuvenation.

We may feel like taking a nap but feel guilty about indulging in even ten minutes of rest.
This need for personal downtime, which many people experience in the early afternoon, isn’t a sign of laziness nor is it necessarily related to how much sleep you had the night before.

There was even a time when taking a nap was considered a natural part of everyone’s day.
Napping is a pleasurable yet brief period of sleep when our minds and bodies can take a break.

Though judged by many to be a pastime for children or the elderly, napping can benefit people of all ages.

The desire to nap is a trait shared by many mammals, and napping is still an important part of the day in some countries, especially here in the Mediterranean.

Snoozing for a half-hour can be an enjoyable way to promote physical well-being, and naps have been known to improve your mood, boost memory, improve job performance, make you more alert, and ease stress.

A 20-minute nap can sharpen your senses and revitalize you, while a ten-minute nap can leave you feeling more cheerful.

Falling into a light sleep during the daytime can feel meditative.

The thoughts you have as you are taking a nap and the dreams you experience may offer you insights about your life that you may not have at night when you are in a deep sleep.

Most sleep researchers recommend napping before 2 p.m., so that your nap has less impact on your nighttime sleep.

On days you aren’t able to take a nap, getting out in bright sunlight can help restore your energy.

Most recommend 20 to 30 minutes napping. In order to fully enjoy the benefits of napping, you may need to give yourself permission to nap.

Feeling guilty about snoozing or worrying about your to-do list won’t do you much good when you are trying to take a nap because your thoughts or feelings will keep you awake.

Try to nap at the same time each day and use an alarm clock to ensure that you don’t sleep for too long.

Learning to nap and enjoy its restorative benefits can help you wake up restored, rejuvenated, and ready for the rest of your day.

While napping isn’t always an option for everyone, if you like to nap and feel refreshed and energized afterward, go ahead—it’s good for you.
If you tried napping and you’re still feeling tired, you may want to assess your sleep routine and contact me for other ways to boost your normal sleeping patterns.

In Luv, Light and Naps,


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