Napping for productivity and a clearer mind is essential for wellness. I was half way through my day at work, and I decided to have a late lunch. When I got back to my car I turned on a YouTube video and was enjoying it, but it did not prohibit my mind from racing uncontrollably. So I turned off the video and closed my eyes.
Then it happened.
My brain activity dropped to alpha level and I was in a twilight state–you know, that space between sleeping and waking. It was awesome. I was also able to talk to myself since I was in a extremely relaxed state. I basically spoke to myself and told my mind to stop racing.
I did this a few times. It worked.
I could see all the activity going on in my mind. Like maniacally animated pencil sketches. All of my worries, concerns, and fears represented in curious lines and shapes with the blurriness of smeared chalk.
I kept speaking to myself until the pencil sketches slowed down and faded. This lasted about five to seven minutes. When I opened my eyes, I felt woozy and alert at the same time. It felt like 30 minutes had gone by, though it was only about five to seven.
I felt strangely refreshed and rejuvenated. I had just power napped along with giving myself hypnotic suggestions.
Not really sure what you call this, considering I had never done anything like this before. But it worked, and I felt a weight lift off my shoulders, off of my chest, off of my heart. The things that were bothering me this morning seemed to fade as well.
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Napping is great for your mental and emotional health
According to the National Sleep Foundation, there are three types of napping:
- Planned napping — taking a nap before you actually get sleepy. This is planned ahead of time to ward off sleepiness for a later activity.
- Emergency napping — this type of nap occurs when extreme drowsiness necessitates catching a wink or two because you cannot continue to engage in your present activity
- Habitual napping — this is practiced when an individual takes a nap the same time every day.
The benefits of napping are many:
- Naps can restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents.
- Naps can increase alertness in the period directly following the nap and may extend alertness a few hours later in the day.
- A nap can be a pleasant luxury, a mini-vacation. It can provide simple way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation.
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What if You Work Full-Time?
If, like me, you work full-time, catching a nap amidst a busy day can be very challenging.
Here are some tips to sneaking in a wink at work:
- After lunch, snuggle up in your car for 10 to 15 minutes to relax and get away from a hectic work environment.
- If you have a door you can close, take a 10-minute break to rest your eyes and your senses.
- Take advantage of your office’s health room. Again, take 10 minutes to close your eyes and relax your mind. You might not achieve a full nap, but you will gain a little more rest and alertness.
Have you ever napped on the job or during the day? What were the benefits? Let me know in the comments below.