“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman
Everyone likes their rest. Everyone needs their rest. Sleeping to me is like leaving reality and entering a stress free dream world where I don’t have to think about anything that is going on around me and I can come up with scenarios in my head that will never ever happen.
According to health.clevelandclinic.org, “We spend about one third of our life asleep. That’s about 16 hours a night as infants, 9 hours as teens and 7 to 8 hours as adults.”
That counts for the sleep you should be getting every night but lets get real, how many of us actually get 7-9 hours of sleep every night… I know I don’t.
This is where naps come in. A lot of people with their crazy busy schedules probably don’t have time for naps or to even think about taking a nap!
With sleep deprivation comes a s*** ton of coffee. The National Sleep Foundation says, “Because caffeine is a stimulant, most people use it after waking up in the morning or to remain alert during the day. While it is important to note that caffeine cannot replace sleep, it can temporarily make us feel more alert by blocking sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain and increasing adrenaline production.”
People are using caffeine to keep them pretty much surviving their day. Many get addicted or dependent on it.
You don’t need google to tell you the benefits of naps because every website you look at is going to say the same thing.
OF COURSE NAPS ARE GOOD
If you just take 20-30 minutes out of your day, it will help you be more alert and ready for anything that could be thrown at you.
I literally took a 4 hour nap today so I mean, maybe a little excessive but it did feel damn good.
You might be in a crazy stressful time right now and all you can think about is the work that needs to get done. If you take your mind off of it for just an hour and use that to rest, I guarantee, you’ll feel a lot better and probably finish the work even faster.
I do this sometimes when I know I need to finish a paper or get an article written. There are times where I have no idea what to write and it just becomes the most stressful thing in the entire world.
So what do I do?
Like I said it doesn’t have to take up your whole day, it might take half an hour which is nothing! You can easily fit that into your schedule no matter how busy you are.
Don’t worry if you have to take medication to fall asleep too, it’s not going to hurt you. You’ll feel way better after the nap anyways.
A couple things I like to do, like I mentioned before, to fall asleep, is to imagine scenarios in my head that I of course know aren’t going to happen but just like to think about.
Like falling asleep today, I imagined being at Seattle Grace hospital with Jesse Williams (Avery in Greys Anatomy if you don’t know) as my doctor and him falling in love with me… I’ve been obsessed with the show recently so of course I’m going to think about something like this.
Anyways, after a while you start to get into the imagination and before you know it, you end up passing out! It’s the greatest thing!
Some people count sheep or whatever but honestly that never helps me. Who even thought about that anyways…
Get home from a rough day, put on something that is insanely comfy, get into bed, set your alarm to go off in an hour, get under the covers and let your mind go wild.
Don’t think about anything stress related.
~ You’re welcome.
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