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Go ahead, take that nap. In fact, your boss says it’s okay*

Go ahead, take that nap. In fact, your boss says it’s okay*

All right, that last sentence may have been a stretch. But, if we all did in fact take a wee little cat nap around 2 pm during our work day, we would indeed be more productive than if not. Don’t believe us? Check out this great article from the American Psychology Association (hyperlink: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2016/07-08/naps.aspx). The findings are pretty clear that taking a 20-minute power nap in the afternoon can have several benefits including problem-solving skills, increased creativity and enhanced learning.

Remember when you were young, i.e. a baby/toddler and you gave your parents the run around when it came time to nap? Well in fact, those naps they forced you to take were vital in creating essential brain functions and learning. Sleeping is the body’s natural answer to revitalizing the brain, body and of course, the soul. And even those short naps under 30 minutes are said to have a multitude of benefits for adults as old as 50. And if you are a parent of a little one, you have probably already learned – sleep begets sleep. Meaning, naps will help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer at nighttime.

What is perhaps hardest in today’s society is that adults are all abuzz with their emails, their social calendar, the kids, the play dates, movie night, cooking class…and looming work deadlines. They can’t imagine shutting down for 20 whole minutes to re-power their brain. Yet, the simple act of doing so, could turn your exhaustive day into a productive one – one where you feel more rested, more alert and ready to face the next challenge.

Remember when you were young, i.e. a baby/toddler and you gave your parents the run around when it came time to nap? Well in fact, those naps they forced you to take were vital in creating essential brain functions and learning. Sleeping is the body’s natural answer to revitalizing the brain, body and of course, the soul. And even those short naps under 30 minutes are said to have a multitude of benefits for adults as old as 50. And if you are a parent of a little one, you have probably already learned – sleep begets sleep. Meaning, naps will help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer at nighttime.

What is perhaps hardest in today’s society is that adults are all abuzz with their emails, their social calendar, the kids, the play dates, movie night, cooking class…and looming work deadlines. They can’t imagine shutting down for 20 whole minutes to re-power their brain. Yet, the simple act of doing so, could turn your exhaustive day into a productive one – one where you feel more rested, more alert and ready to face the next challenge.

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