While I was catching up on some reading this past weekend, I came across an article about napping. As I mentioned earlier, my day is scheduled around naptime. I encourage all of you out there; whether you work outside the home, or you are a SAHM, take a nap.
According to Stanley Sherbell, M.D., executive vice president for medical affairs at New York Methodist Hospital, “Adults Can Take Naps, Too: Studies indicate that 39 percent of Americans average less than seven hours of sleep each night. To overcome sleep deprivation and gradually improve health and overall performance, adults should consider getting 20 minutes of naptime each day. Choose time when interruption is unlikely. Always keep in mind that the long-term solution to exhaustion should be some regular one-on-one time with a pillow for at least seven to nine hours a night”.
Taking a nap is a win-win situation. Not only will you get some alone time, you will gain thee benefits from the National Sleep Foundation website, http://www.sleepfoundation.org.
“Naps can restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents. A study at NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34% and alertness 100%.
Naps can increase alertness in the period directly following the nap and may extend alertness a few hours later in the day. Scheduled napping has also been prescribed for those who are affected by narcolepsy. Napping has psychological benefits. A nap can be a pleasant luxury, a mini-vacation. It can provide an easy way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation. ”