Deep Dive Into Sleep
Back To The Blanket
Did you know Thomas Jefferson’s office included a place reserved for napping? Jefferson, the third President of the United States and drafter of the Declaration of Independence, was a brilliant man, known for smart, out-of-the-box thinking. Another famous Thomas (Edison) was also a well-known napper. So, outside of Kindergarten, where can you find people napping now? Somewhere along the way we started clinging to the idea of limiting ourselves to one timeframe for sleep per day. It’s also viewed in many highly competitive modern cultures as a blatant display of poor productivity and self-indulgence. The thing is, research shows that sleeping for one long stretch may not be the best approach. Check out today’s video to learn more about the power of the nap to zap drowsiness.
Napping = Work
Sleep? These dream inspired creators include: Albert Einstein and the theory of relativity, Elias Howe and the sewing machine, and Dmitri Mendeleev and the periodic table of elements. That’s likely something overlooked in your high school history class.
Different Naps For Different Needs
How long should you nap for? Different times can bring about different benefits. Napping for 20 minutes increases alertness and fine motor skills (typing, playing the guitar). 30-60 minutes gives you a memory boost and improved decision making skills. 60-90 minutes increases connections made in the brain, creativity, and problem solving.
Still feel guilty getting some shut eye during the day? Think about these famous historical figures who had no regrets when it came to naptime.
Leonardo Da Vinci, one of the most brilliant thinkers, artists, and scientists of all time took multiple naps throughout the day.
Connie Mack spent 65 years on the baseball field as a player and manager. He really liked naps.
Winston Churchill used naps to withstand the rigors of leadership during the trials of WW II.
Eleanor Roosevelt typically took naps before giving big speeches for a quick energy boost.
Do you need a nap? Chart your energy level 4 times a day for 3 days on a 1 to 5 scale ( 1. - zombie mode; 2. - accidentally dozing off; 3. - awake but struggling with focus, memory, and mood; 4. - 80-90% there; 5. Superman mode)
If you find yourself charting 3’s a lot you’d probably benefit here and there from a nap. Also, try and plan your hardest tasks for those times of the day when you chart a 4 or 5.
The Head Trip, Jeff Warren
Smarts and Stamina by Marie-Josee Shaar and Kathryn Britton
Eat Move Sleep - How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes, Tom Rath
Sleep Cycle (app)
Sleep Talk (app)