Remember those mandatory naps we all had to take in Kindergarten? Those were the good ol' days.
Turns out, those days shouldn't be over just yet. Naps are a lot more necessary than we think!
As a society, sleep deprivation is all too common. A 20-30 minute nap can help improve mood, performance, and alertness.1 Disclaimer: they cannot compensate for a poor night's sleep!
When it comes to napping, it's all about hitting that sweet spot: a short 20-30 minute nap will improve alertness and won't interfere with nighttime sleep or leave you feeling groggy or confused (we all know what I'm talking about).
Naps can also enhance performance, reducing minor mistakes and accidents. This could greatly improve performance and productivity at work! NASA actually did a study that showed that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34% and alertness by 100% in pilots and astronauts.1
Aside from improved performance, naps can also increase general happiness. Being able to nap is seen as a rare luxury and can be very relaxing! If you have the time and place, it doesn't hurt to take a mid-day snooze.
Waiakea Ambassador Zach Williams takes his naps very seriously. He's a self-proclaimed #nap enthusiast.
"How do I wake up at 6am everyday for a sneaky surf and slide into bed after midnight, while working full-time as an advertising art director and getting around to all of the rad shenanigans to do here in LA on the daily? Naps are the key to it all. Imagine being able to fully experience two earth days in the time it takes for one earth day to pass? Well, you can. Naps. Big shout out to naps for making it all possible. If you can find at the very least half an hour of alone time a day, use it to nap. It's definitely a skill and takes practice, but is invaluable if you're the kind of person who is always trying to do it all. Curl up on the floor, sand, your madre's couch, bus window, raging party or wherever, and let the naps work their magic."
Naps weren't only made for 5-year-olds, yet there's always been a stigma around adults taking naps; cue that sneaking, guilty feeling of being lazzyyyy. That couldn't be further from the truth! Some of the most successful people have enjoyed naps such as Winston Churchill, JFK, Albert Einstein, and don't forget, Zach Williams! Take his advice and raise your hand if you want dedicated nap time at work 🙋.