WHY YOU NEED TO TRY NAPPING
I’m not much of a napper to be completely honest, and sleeping? I have my struggles if we are being totally real.
…and because I am ALL about wellness and finding the BEST holistic solutions to everyday struggles, I had to figure out the scoop on napping during the day.
Will it make me more efficient?
Will it give me more energy?
Will it reduce my stress + anxiety?
THE THOUGHT OF taking a nap during the day makes me feel lazy. It makes me feel as if I am literally wasting part of my day where I could be working, you know? I am a business woman. I have SO much to get done, k?
That is how I have always felt about naps.
Can anyone relate?
BUT, studies show otherwise. Honestly though, there are SO many studies out there & that doesn’t guarantee that the napping statistic will work for everyone, right?
So, I decided to find out for myself.
WAIT - ARE YOU KEEPING UP WITH ME?
It’s so funny because my grandfather is HUGE on napping. My boyfriend’s family is from Spain, which means - SIESTA SIESTA SIESTA.
I totally get the benefits. They make perfect sense.
It’s a mood elevator
Helps with weight loss
Can help to reduce the risk of a heart attack
Thinking about it logically, we are GOING GOING GOING all day, so a daytime nap can feel absolutely refreshing.
…but it just didn’t feel right for me, and that is because I literally never tried it.
First of all, my grandfather ALWAYS used to tell me that when he was working, he’d take 15 minute naps in his office mid-day.
Ummm can you imagine? Just passing out in your chair for 15 minutes and waking up feeling refreshed? He is FOR SURE a rare case and does not have an issue falling asleep, but he still stresses napping to me ALL. THE. TIME.
Let’s talk siestas.
We go to Spain frequently. One thing that I love is that after lunch everyone takes a nap. A siesta! I don’t necessarily take a nap, but I love that businesses close down for a few hours, kids get a chance to wind down, adults get that break and basically shut down their brains for a few, ok?
OBSESSED ( with the concept )
There is a reason for it! Now, it isn’t for everyone, but if you want to reduce stress and anxiety, why not give it a try.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH NAPS
I’m SUCH a morning person. By 12 pm, I would honestly say that a majority of my work is complete and I am feeling a bit exhausted.
My morning routine is complete
I’ve had an hour workout in
Meetings may have taken place
My day to day work is in process
…the whole deal.
I try to avoid afternoon appointments because I am so tired from my mornings. Can you blame me? I’m up at like 4 am - 5 am. So, if this is you, then I get you!
Over the last 3 months I have tried taking naps 3 days/week around 2 pm.
I take a 20 - 30 minute nap. Keep in mind, I do work from home.
OFFICE TIP: If you work at an office, you can still take a little 10 minute nap on your lunch break! Close your eyes in your car, go into an empty office, OR if you have an hour and live by the office, go home.
What I do is…
Get in bed around 2 pm
Get in comfy clothes
I shut the shades
Turn on my himalayan salt lamp
Turn on my soothing sounds app
Set my timer for 20 - 30 minutes
I close my eyes
At first, I couldn’t fall asleep, but just taking that time to close my eyes took my mind off of work.
…and to be totally honest, the first time I tried taking a nap, my mind was still going. That might happen to you. So, this is one of those things where you need to have patience and give napping a fair try. It’s part of the process and is NORMAL.
Something that really helped me was to ALLOW myself to nap. To tell myself that it is OK to take that time for myself. To plan my day around that 2 pm hour. To put it in my calendar as if it is an appointment.
Now, I started napping 3 days/week or so, right? What happened?
My afternoons became more productive. Not drastically, but noticeably. We are being real here, ok? Everyone has a different experience, but this is just what I noticed.
After napping, I was taking meetings that I wouldn’t normally take, I was writing that extra blog, finishing that extra task. It’s the small things that add up to the big things, right?
I noticed that a few more tasks were checked off of my to-do list when I took that nap.
A daytime nap every single day is not always realistic for me, but worth doing when I can because I DO feel a difference.
I will say… that on a day when I am super stressed, a nap makes all the difference. Even on a normal day. I see how it boosts your energy, I see how it boosts your mood, I see how it increases energy.
We are all busy. We all have a lot going on. Trust me, I get that. This was a tough experiment, but one that was WELL worth it.
WHAT I DIDN’T NOTICE BASED ON WHAT THE INTERNET SAYS
( and statistics )
Now, before I jump in - you might notice these benefits! I am just sharing my experience.
I didn’t notice that it helped with weight loss, however, with that boost of energy, I will sometimes go and hit the gym. So, if you are looking to lose weight and are lacking energy, that might be where that statistic comes from!
I didn’t notice a difference in my alertness and that could be because I am simply a distracted person by nature. Not a big deal, just my experience.
MY SUGGESTION TO YOU
If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxious or depressed…
TRY TAKING A QUICK NAP
30 MINUTES OR LESS
You might find your efficiency rate increase and who wouldn’t want that, ok?
We love an efficient day!
HOW TO START:
Try napping 1 - 2 times/week and see how you feel
Keep a journal and write down how you feel so you can keep a log
Give it time
Your mind might not slow down right away because you might not be used to nap time. Give it a few tries to see if it is a good fit for you! If you are persistent and allow yourself this time, your mind will adjust!
I am not a doctor. I am simply sharing what I know and my own personal experience. As a business owner, a high stress + anxious person, this helped.
Do I do it everyday? No!
…but I do it when I can and DEFINITELY notice a difference in my productivity levels, energy levels and more.
In my opinion, if we can find ways to feel better, to be more efficient, to have more energy, why wouldn’t we try something so simple?
I’d love to hear your results! Send me a DM, comment on my latest Instagram photo or shoot me an email to share your experience.
I hope you found value in this post!
Off to sleep now!