As much as I believe that getting up super early in the morning is the best thing in the world, I would be doing a disservice to you by not highlighting a certain truth…
THE LATE AFTERNOONS SUCK.
Early rising can have some drawbacks. Right about the time 4 pm rolls around, I feel like a dog looking for a place to curl up and get cosy. Hmmm…somewhere quiet, but in pinch, even my desk chair will do. All I need is 5 minutes. Just 5 minutes…okay, maybe 8 minutes.
If I can’t find a spot, I somehow find a way to land on the doorstep of the nearest Dunkin Donuts. A medium size coffee usually gets me all perked up again, until about 9pm, where I instantly crash on the sofa in the family room– snoring– with reading material across my chest. It ain’t pretty. (My kids have frequently snap-chatted this event)
It took one of my sons, fresh out of a college Psychology class, to tell me about the benefits of re-charging your brain through napping. You may think it’s an activity for babies and old people, but the more I looked into it, the more I think it’s critical to keeping your brain fit.
Research highlights the benefits of three kinds of naps:
1) The 20-minute power nap is good for alertness and motor learning skills. You are also less likely to wake-up groggy.
2) The 30-60 minute nap is good for decision-making skills but you may feel slightly fuzzy upon rising.
3) The 60-90 minute nap plays a key role in making new connections in the brain and solving creative problems. Sounds good, but waking up from that sucker will have you chanting “Where the f**k am I?”
I’m all about making new brain connections, but seriously, when do you find the time to really take a nap? You don’t find it…You make it.
Lunch and a quickie anyone?