What was your reaction when you read the title of this post? Was it an overwhelmed, “No way I can find the time to nap with my crazy schedule”? Was it an ironic, “Sure. My boss will love that”? Or a defeated, “I don’t have enough hours in the day as it is to get everything done, so forget about napping”? If I may, for all those reasons (and more) I’m going to suggest you consider napping anyway.
As a long-time napper myself, I can tell you it hasn’t kept me from getting stuff done, growing and expanding. In fact for me napping in the middle of the day is a must if I want to remain productive and sane.
Now it’s true we don’t live in a society that encourages napping in the middle of the day. But nor do we live in a society that encourages healthy eating, following our heart in business to generate financial abundance or pondering life’s deeper meaning. Does that mean we shouldn’t do any of that? And rather bow to society’s expectations? “Work hard, play hard,” anybody? It sure hasn’t worked too well for us as a country, looking at our collective state of health compared to other wealthy nations.
But since you got curious about napping I’m going to presume you are part of a sub-culture of deliberate creators striving to live life on your own terms, independently from the dictates of society.
Enter the practice of napping.
Think of it as a (very) quiet rebellion against the system.
Seemingly innocuous, napping is a potentially positively disruptive practice. And it can help you more that you ever thought in creating a business and life you love, while enjoying the ride.
Five Reasons You Should Nap:
1. To recharge your batteries: Instead of looking for a quick and short-lived boost of energy in caffeine or sugar, go for the stable energy a nap provides.
2. To disconnect from doing, from deadlines and get back to being: Is your life spinning so fast you sometimes don’t know why you’re doing what you’re doing, and who’s doing it? Nap. It will give you perspective.
3. To stop a momentum in an unwanted direction and reboot: If you started your day frazzled and unfocused; spilled coffee on yourself; got stuck in traffic; arrived late at work, only to have an instant argument with a colleague; you know you’ve got an unhappy momentum going there. How are you going to stop it? Go to sleep!
4. To keep your mental energy clear and focused all day: Why only have a few good hours? Napping will help you have an equally efficient and fun day from morning to evening. Bonus: You’ll get to dinnertime able to hold a conversation, without needing comfort foods and alcohol to unwind.
5. To slow down time! Segmenting your day with a midday break will actually cause a shift in how you experience time. Don’t you often hear people (maybe yourself too) say things like “Time is flying by!” or “OMG it’s already (5pm! Spring! Thanksgiving! Our anniversary! You name it). Yet we know the earth is still taking about 365 days to orbit around the sun, and about 24 hours to rotate on itself.
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