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The Importance of the Nap

Posted on March 3, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Tired woman yawning~by Dr. Greg Steiner

In today’s society, there’s an unbelievable amount of pressure for an individual to always be on the go, high energy, and moving 100 miles per hour.  Unfortunately, this can usually only last for so long before the after-effects take their toll.  It’s been scientifically proven that chronic lack of sleep can wreak havoc on the body and even lead to a shorter life span.

Instead of feeling guilty about being exhausted and craving rest, allow yourself to take some time out for rejuvenation and body healing in the form of a nap!  Taking some down-time isn’t about being lazy or unmotivated, it’s an opportunity to hit the reset button and give your body a chance to restore itself.

Naps can facilitate a whole host of positive changes in the body.  Benefits include de-stressing, balancing hormones and blood sugar levels as well as clearing the mind.  Many times during the day our mind and body are so busy with activity as well trying to be as productive as possible that it seems as though there becomes of build-up inside the brain, call it cluttered or clogged but it prohibits the ability to focus or really think clearly and taking a siesta (nap), allows a lot of those issues to drift away.  You wake up feeling refreshed with no interference with only one voice playing in your head; just one radio channel instead of 25 playing simultaneously.  Many of the world’s greatest discoveries have come upon waking up, whether in the morning or right after a nap!

Since everyone responds differently, your “prime” nap time may defer from others.  The best nap for you is that which allows you to fall asleep quickly, sleep for the shortest amount of time, yet still wake refreshed & invigorated.  Some people get their best results from a quick cat nap of 15 minutes while others feel better when they nap between 20-40 minutes. Try not to nap for too long or you make not wake easily and could feel groggy and tired.

It has been said that the best time of the day to take a nap is from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, when energy levels usually dip for most folks.  Try out these tips for a more effective naptime:

Make the room dark

  • Don’t nap within 3 hours of bedtime as this can interfere with your night’s sleep
  • Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed
  • Set an alarm – it prohibits you from oversleeping
  • Find a comfortable place to rest, it could be on the couch or your car during work hours
  • Make sure the temperature in the room is agreeable, not too hot or cold

I see people quite often fall asleep during their acupuncture sessions.  That’s actually a good thing!  Like every other natural restorative process, it stimulates the body’s own healing abilities and can promote feelings of peacefulness and relaxation, something so many of us need due to our hectic and busy lifestyles.

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