Nap Time

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Shhh… Kona is taking a nap…

Did you know that you should take an afternoon nap? (Something else in the long list of things we should have learned at school!!)

Many high achievers and brilliant creators were habitual nappers. Winston Churchill first coined the term “power nap”, claiming that a daily afternoon sleep brought him the clarity of thinking he needed for wartime victory. Margaret Thatcher ordered her aides not to disturb her between 2.30 and 3.30pm, so she could snooze. Other illustrious nappers include Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison (not exactly your average guys), Eleanor Roosevelt, Leonardo da Vinci and John F. Kennedy. I recently heard Dr. Mehmet Oz tell an audience at a health convention that we are designed to take an early afternoon nap! That’s good enough for me… (cue yawn)

The renowned Mayo Clinic says, “daytime napping offers various benefits for healthy adults”, including: relaxation, reduced fatigue and stress, increased alertness, improved creativity and mood, improved performance, including quicker reaction time, better memory and even heightened sensory perception.

But…keep naps short. Aim to nap for only 10 to 30 minutes. The longer you nap, the more likely you are to feel groggy afterward. And, the best time for a nap is usually midafternoon, around 2 or 3 pm, when you might experience post-lunch sleepiness or a lower level of alertness. Naps taken during this time are also less likely to interfere with nighttime sleep. Sleep Foundation

And, what’s more – a nap can reduce the risk of heart disease. According to a 2007 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine those who take a midday siesta at least three times a week are 37 percent less likely to die of heart disease!

Well then…excuse me, I’m going to join my cat…in a nap!

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