Your body is relaxed.
Your mind is blissfully void.
Deep breaths bring a sense of calm over your body.
“Ahh, what a luxury!” we hear you sigh, “I wish I could go on holiday.”
But what if we were to tell you that such rejuvenation is easily attainable? Without any need to find the time or money to escape your daily grind?
Napping: A beautiful thing
The benefits of napping are no secret, as the scores of online articles on the subject prove. So why does the little voice of resistance still pop up in most of our heads: “I have no time”, “it’s too indulgent”, “people will think I’m lazy”.
‘The desire to nap is simply an expression of the natural rhythms of our bodies’
The pros of a power nap by far outweigh the cons. For example, enjoying a short nap even just 3 times a week can significantly improve your health and reduce the risk of heart disease. Therefore accepting the circadian rhythm of our body’s biological clock and taking the time out to rest within our day seems like a sensible and intelligent thing to do.
Embrace taking a nap as you would a dear friend.
Instead of resisting what our physical body is telling you it needs, why not choose to reap the rewards that various studies have shown to be a result of napping:
- Restore alertness and reduce mistakes.
- Improve your mental and physical stamina.
- Boost productivity and mental efficiency.
- Increase your memory and learning capacity.
The Art of Napping
“Nature has not intended mankind to work from eight in the morning until midnight without that refreshment of blessed oblivion which, even if it only lasts twenty minutes, is sufficient to renew all the vital forces.”
To fully enjoy this hugely beneficial activity it’s a good idea to consider your napping environment and the time at which you do it.
A quiet, cool and darkened space is the ultimate ambience; and lying horizontally upon a comfortable mattress is ideal. If you have ever lain down on a Zen Interiors handmade wooden bed then you will know the joy of resting within its solid frame, your body cradled by a Latex Gold mattress. This is your goal: a safe and secure sleep environment.
Try to gauge when is the optimum time for your body to take its rest. Use Dr Sara Mednick’s Nap Wheel to help calculate when you should lay down your head. And if you’re having trouble drifting off try some simple meditation techniques.
Keep a blanket handy and don’t forget to set your alarm! Naps are best kept to certain time frames (see below image) to achieve the most conducive results.
“Caffeine takes about 20 to 30 minutes to take effect, so if you drink a cup of coffee before you nap, it’ll be kicking in just as you’re waking up.”
So as you can see, the art of napping is not hard. Setting aside time for one does not have to take a large chunk out of your day, and does not even have to become a daily habit, it simply has to give your mind a body a chance to rest and rejuvenate. And napping on a handcrafted bed with a non-toxic mattress is even better!
Awaken you body and mind by sleeping on a Zen Interiors wooden bed.