To Nap or Not to Nap…

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Does your answer to ‘how are things?’ include a nod to overwhelm or fatigue?

You’re not alone.

There is no shortage of reasons why people are legitimately tired, overwhelmed or running on empty.

Managing the stress of…work (whether in or out of the home,) the 24 hour work day, the 24 hour news cycle, Trump, your boss/ toddler/teenager/parent / the mean mom at drop off/ the conniving co-worker/ the nosy neighbor…is a lot in its own right.

Maintaining all of the above while comparing yourself to perfectly curated social media images of bliss and ease projected by celebs, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and said mean mom at drop off, is enough to make anyone yawn and want to crawl into bed.

And yet so many people seem to have a stigma about the one thing that very well may be the answer to their heavy-eyed prayers…a nap.

I am unabashed napper. I used to take a nap at lunch when I worked a traditional job and when finding coaching as a career, aside from fulfilling my life purpose to help people, I can’t say I didn’t love the perk of being able to grab a shluffy (Yiddish for nap) when needed.

When I suggest taking naps to burned out clients there is often an audible gasp. Well I couldn’t do that…it’s so indulgent…I don’t have time.

Really?

Not only do studies—real ones…from Harvard—suggest ‘napping makes people more effective’ but ‘even catnaps of six minutes (not counting the five minutes it takes to fall asleep on average) have been shown to make a difference’.

So there goes the indulgence excuse.

So now the time excuse…I dare you to keep a log of your day. How long did you spend on eBay/Amazon/ESPN/TMZ/Houzz today?

Instead of burying your face in your phone at lunch, why not sneak down to your car or head to the park and grab 20 minutes of shut-eye.

I promise you will thank me for it.

Does your answer to ‘how are things?’ include a nod to overwhelm or fatigue?

You’re not alone.

There is no shortage of reasons why people are legitimately tired, overwhelmed or running on empty.

Managing the stress of…work (whether in or out of the home,) the 24 hour work day, the 24 hour news cycle, Trump, your boss/ toddler/teenager/parent / the mean mom at drop off/ the conniving co-worker/ the nosy neighbor…is a lot in its own right.

Maintaining all of the above while comparing yourself to perfectly curated social media images of bliss and ease projected by celebs, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and said mean mom at drop off, is enough to make anyone yawn and want to crawl into bed.

And yet so many people seem to have a stigma about the one thing that very well may be the answer to their heavy-eyed prayers…a nap.

I am unabashed napper. I used to take a nap at lunch when I worked a traditional job and when finding coaching as a career, aside from fulfilling my life purpose to help people, I can’t say I didn’t love the perk of being able to grab a shluffy (Yiddish for nap) when needed.

When I suggest taking naps to burned out clients there is often an audible gasp. Well I couldn’t do that…it’s so indulgent…I don’t have time.

Really?

Not only do studies—real ones…from Harvard—suggest ‘napping makes people more effective’ but ‘even catnaps of six minutes (not counting the five minutes it takes to fall asleep on average) have been shown to make a difference’.

So there goes the indulgence excuse.

So now the time excuse…I dare you to keep a log of your day. How long did you spend on eBay/Amazon/ESPN/TMZ/Houzz today?

Instead of burying your face in your phone at lunch, why not sneak down to your car or head to the park and grab 20 minutes of shut-eye.

I promise you will thank me for it.