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Napping Myths, Debunked

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It's Day 2 in my sleep experiement and this isn’t easy. But Dr. Breus warned me it wouldn’t be. If you’re unaccustomed to napping, like I am, you almost have to train yourself to do so. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. Not only must you get into the habit of napping at the same time daily, but you also have to let go of all the negative karma that surrounds it. For instance: napping is for old people, it’s a sign of weakness, it’s a waste of time, you’re lazy if you do so, etc.

All myths, says Dr. Breus, the author of Beauty Sleep: Look Younger, Lose Weight and Feel Great Through Better Sleep. He claims that napping is one of the easiest ways to increase productivity, energy and overall mood. You are not any more of a warrior if you power through the urge to nap; in fact you are physically, emotionally and psychologically weaker because of it. People who nap regularly are even less likely to catch colds and flu, studies show.

I remind myself of all these things as I lie on the couch. But it’s still difficult. If you’ve ever tried meditating, you’ll know exactly what I’m experiencing. My monkey mind refuses to stop beating its chest.

Rather than trying to will myself to sleep, I vow to just keep my eyes closed for the next 30 minutes. No matter what, I will keep them shut. I figure if I can accomplish that, my chances will improve.

The alarm sounds.

Whaa-t?

I must have fallen asleep!

At first, I can’t believe it, but Dr. Breus did say that the initial stages of sleep are so light you’re often not even aware you’re in them. Still, I must have been sleeping because I feel refreshed. It’s as if someone briefly turned off my light switch, then just flipped it back on. I feel subtle new voltage coursing through me. No grogginess, no lethargic after-effects, no yearnings for Mona. I’m ready to go.

Breakthrough!

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Joe Kita – Joe Kita is a noted writer, editor, motivational speaker and teacher. He authors the blog "One Small Change" for CorePerformance.com.

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Tags: Rest, Sleep, Relaxation

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