How good would it be if our western culture encouraged a nap every day?
I know the days that I get to have a nanna nap in the middle of the day that I don’t fade as fast in the afternoon (usually the weekend and on Mondays when I put my youngest down for her sleep I go down too).
How about you?
I bet it could increase everyones afternoon productivity if we got a 20-30 break to down the tools and rest up.
Especially if you have an early wake up or a disrupted nights sleep.
But unfortunately, unless we pack up shop and move to Spain it’s not going to happen.
I swear kids don’t know how good they’ve got it to be forced to sleep at lunch time.
Anyways, according to this article, the benefits of napping are pretty much what I’ve already mentioned above:
– improved mood
– decreased fatigue
– improved alertness
– enhanced performance including memory and reaction time
You’ll also find that most athletes like to have a nap on the day of their game or performance.
And with the examples given above it kinda sums up why they do.
So considering that we can’t exactly do that every day – what can we do it try and get those same type of effects?
Well the first one is obvious – a workout. If you can get outside and get some fresh air – even a walk around the block – that will help break your cycle in front of the computer.
It will increase your alertness and give your brain some benefit by increasing oxygen to your body.
And if you get a workout in even better. You’ll benefit from the post exercise endorphins that it’ll give you for the rest of the day.
If you are looking for some lunch time action, I’d love to help you out. I’ve got some limited personal training availability so hit reply and let me know where you are located and I’ll tell you a time that I could help you out.
Even once a week will give your body and brain a much needed boost and a good substitute for the nanna nap.