Do Get Caught Napping

Diet and exercise, diet and exercise, we’re told are the keys to health.  Well, may I also put in a word for a good night’s sleep, or afternoon’s nap?  I’ve just returned from cooking for a week-long retreat at Saratoga Springs Retreat Center in Lake County, a relentless round of breakfast, lunch and dinner.  (People have this weird idea they need to eat three  times a day! ) My strategy for survival during these long cooking stints is simple, I carve out time every afternoon for an hour or two of rest, including a half-hour nap.  These naps put me in a better mood and keep me from getting worn out. And my co-workers appreciate them almost as much a I do!  I thank my acupuncturist for reminding me every time I see her of the value of sleep. Because I’m prone to staying up late, I do need reminders  that sleep time is not wasted, but makes my waking life more pleasant  and productive and almost certainly has positive effects on my long-term health (click here for a recent New York Times article which cites research showing that sleep improves immunity).Viva la siesta!

Gary Alinder, September 22, 2009

Chuck Collison writes to add:

I couldn’t agree more with the need for sufficient sleep. Napping is extremely helpful. Even if it’s only for a few minutes, it can completely change ones mood and productivity. I nap often and relish the aftermath of this blissful escape upon waking. Making note that whatever was bothering me, if anything, has now evaporated. It’s like turning off a computer that has begun to malfunction and turing it back on again to find the problem has corrected itself.




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One response

  1. I couldn’t agree more with the need for sufficient sleep. Napping is extremely helpful. Even if it’s only for a few minutes, it can completely change ones mood and productivity. I nap often and relish the aftermath of this blissful escape upon waking. Making note that whatever was bothering me, if anything, has now evaporated. It’s like turning off a computer that has begun to malfunction and turing it back on again to find the problem has corrected itself.

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