It deserves a spotlight. This moment of rest has a positive effect on our mood, health and concentration. The nap, under its quiet fatherly appearance, brings a real concentrate of energy, 100% natural, 100% organic. Playful instructions to practice this art of living at its best.
Taking a nap requires discipline. To be efficient, there are some rules to take into consideration. Your body needs to get accustomed to relax daily at the same time. It may seem obvious to do nothing, but doing nothing is actually hard work. You have to free your mind from worries and untimely movements. Hyperactive people have to develop intense concentration and learn to distinguish between important and urgent things.
According to Damien Davenne, a researcher in the study of biological rhythms, people experience a drop in their routine activities after 1pm. Contrary to popular belief, this has nothing to do with eating a heavy meal. The reason would be that our prehistoric ancestors had short nights and busy days hunting. The lack of energy in the early afternoon is due to this.
Nap time, how does it work?
It takes about 20 minutes for a quality nap. If you sleep longer, you run the risk of finding yourself numb, limp and foggy when you wake up. Moreover, you might find it difficult to fall asleep at night. A simple solution: the alarm clock. Remember to allow yourself 2-3 minutes to quietly emerge from your resting phase by stretching out slowly. Then move on to a sitting phase to allow the brain to be properly irrigated.
After a few days, if the nap is taken at a fixed time, falling asleep will be easier.
Once the eyelids are closed, to speed up the sleep process, visualize a pleasant image (a landscape that you appreciate or dream of discovering). We can then imagine the sounds (the sound of the wind, the waves). Once carried away in the languor of thought, there is a practice that works well in yoga: listening to one’s own breathing. Little by little, cradled by your breath, you become aware of the weight of your body and can thus decide yourself to enter into a deep sleep phase. Unbelievable and yet, it’s within everyone’s reach.
Back at the office? it’s possible to take a nap in a sitting position!
Companies don’t necessarily have a relaxation space and lying down on your desk seems tricky. Fortunately, with a little practice it’s possible to nap on your desk chair. Feet well anchored in the ground, your head lies on your arms bent on the table. The mental release must be total. You have to learn not to be distracted by the surrounding noise, it sounds difficult but with some practice you can do it. A cool room helps you to fall asleep easier. Lowering the radiator and tying a sweater around your neck is a good option for your daily nap.
If working means being in good health…
…taking a nap indicates a better one.
A rested body is a less stressed body. This short daily rest would reduce mortality from cardiovascular disorders by 30%. Also, a rested person has superior reaction capacities while driving. This reduces the risks of accidents. As sleepiness is the enemy of productivity, more and more employers are setting up quiet, dark areas in the workplace to allow everyone to regain a dose of energy while resting. A clear mind, a body as light as a feather, a stimulated imagination, the benefits of napping are multiple and from Japan to Spain, many cultures have made it a philosophy of life. In the artistic field, great painters have created masterpieces depicting improvised naps, such as Alfred Sisley in 1872 with “Rest by a stream” or Albert Anker and his “Boy sleeping in the hay” in 1897.
Conclusion: Is there a pilot in the plane? Falling asleep in the cockpit is safe when you are a captain. The nap is obviously highly supervised but authorized. For journeys longer than 8 hours, several pilots may be required to take turns. A nice stewardess or stewardess will come and play the role of waking up every half hour to make sure that everything is ok and that there will be a pilot awake at least 40 minutes before landing. What better way to get closer to Morpheus, the Greek goddess of dreams lying on his cloud, than to take a nap in the plane.