An easy fix for pretty much anything
“Sometimes you just need to take a nap and get over it."
Maura Stuart, age 8
In case you missed it, Monday was National Napping Day. Whoever came up with this holiday - conveniently falling the day after we "spring forward" from Daylight Savings Time - is a total genius in my book.
Simple. I love to sleep. It's honestly my favorite thing to do.
Like many people, however, I always felt guilty about doing it during the day. My Midwestern work ethic would always rear its ugly head and say, "You should be doing something productive!"
Now science shows that napping is one of the most productive things we can do to: CLICK TO TWEET
- Reduce blood pressure
- Keep you focused
- Boost productivity
- Improve your mood
- Reduce stress
- Reduce mistakes at work
And you nappers out there are in good company. Winston Churchill took 2 hour naps while serving as Prime Minister, even during World War II. Einstein reportedly slept 10 hours a night and still took daytime naps! I don't know about you, but I'll take their productivity and effectiveness any day!
"But Emily, what if I work in a busy office all day, or I don't have time to nap, or...?"
Let's talk place first. If you work in an office, it's time to get creative. Are there comfy chairs or a couch in your office or someone else's? Does your office have carpeting? Do you drive to work?
I've taken quick naps (now called "micro-naps" by scientists) in chairs, on the floor, and in my car. I've even brought an eye mask and ear plugs with me in case I need to create a more nap-friendly environment.
There's also an awesome app called Pzizz that creates custom nap or sleep-inducing recordings, complete with a built-in alarm so you won't over-sleep.
As for length, check out the handy chart below to find the perfect nap time:
Do you nap, or do you think that's sooooo kindergarten? Whichever group you fall in, I challenge you to take one nap this week and report your results on the Shift Bars Facebook page.
Because the world desperately needs some well-rested people!