I often talk about how to increase your energy levels by releasing stress and, negative beliefs as well as understanding the impact of what you eat and the type of exercise you do. But in this video today I am going to share with you one other secret to adding extra energy into your life – and that is … napping.
Many people throughout history have been famous for their habit of napping people, including Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, Maggie Thatcher, Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger but now companies such as Google, Buffer and Hubspot have created ‘napping room’s and actively encourage their staff to nap whenever they feel the need to.
Sleep experts have found that daytime naps can increase alertness, boost creativity, reduce stress, improve perception, stamina, motor skills and accuracy, aid in weight loss, brighten your mood and boost memory.
Many people think only of napping on the weekends perhaps, without taking into account just how much energy and activity you use up daily. Whilst many of measure our workday as productivity – our work day really needs to be measured in terms of the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed each night. Especially if you are balancing work, relationships, perhaps children and all their needs, as well as wanting to work out and take good care of your health
If you way wake up around 5 or 6am each morning- most times you begin your day right there and then. And often your day doesn’t end until 9:30 or 10pm. Even though we often only count actual work hours as productive, that gap between waking up and going to bed – is a long time before your body actually gets productive rest.
Research is showing that if you actually schedule a nap at some stage during the day you will be way more productive, than if you try and ignore those down times.
Now the amount of time you spend napping is just as important as having no nap
A NASA study showed a nap of just 26 minutes can boost productivity by as much as 34 percent and increase alertness by 54 percent any longer than that and you may feel somewhat drowsy and less alert for up to an hour after the nap.
So instead of thinking that you have to power through your day – rather try scheduling a 20 minuted nap after lunch even it means closing your office door and lying down underneath your desk… or 20 minutes rest when you get home from work and before you begin your second shift with family in the evening
And if you are wanting to add more energy to your day so that you can truly be Fit Fabulous and Free to be the real you and live the life you want, why not send me an email and let’s see if and how I can help you.
Sally Thibault. Copyright © 2014.