Time for a Nap

For those of you type-A's who can't bear to slow down for fear of losing the productivity battle and for the type-B's that needed some affirmation for your laissez-faire..... read on.

Your permission to nap during the day is now granted.
No longer for the lazy and the losers, it seems that napping during the day holds tremendous power to improve our reaction time, mood, alertness, coordination and memory. (Not that Moms have to worry about these things of course...)

Some more fun facts about napping....

Most mammals sleep for short periods throughout the day.(FYI. You are a mammal.)

A 60 minute nap will improve alertness for up to 10 hours.(Your work day is a minimum of 10 hours.)

Just knowing a nap is coming is enough to lower blood pressure (So at least plan on napping.)

So for a delightful
simple siesta, try the following:
  • Lie down.
  • Create darkness with eye shades.
  • Put in ear plugs or turn on white noise. (whining children does not count)
  • Have a light blanket nearby.
  • Breathe slowly and deeply.
  • Count sheep or take a mental walk along the beach.

This comes to us by way of the Boston Globe where you can find more reasons to be good to yourself with napping. We believe without question that napping is essential for our children's daily development. It may take a little more convincing for us to be as committed to our own.

Mama, you are so worth it!

1 comment:

  1. I would like to be better about this. I need to give myself permission to lie down, even if I don't fall into REM sleep. Sometimes I can even get anxious about napping (feeling like I have to get productive sleep). I am going to try to allow myself to just lay there and RELAX.


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