As we are in the height of Reading Week at Brock, I think more-and-more of the school work that I could have done in the days already gone by. Instead I chose to do what only my feline friends do on a regular basis….SLEEP! As with most University students (and maybe just people in general), I feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day to actually get sleep; with school schedules, work-life and whatever else we have going on.
So, while we can’t always get that ever-important 8-hours of sleep time in, I find it more than beneficial to find time in our day to nap! According to the National Sleep Foundation – or – the NSF (I know right!? An entire scientificly-based organization on the benefits of sleeping…now that is an organization I can get behind!!), napping is a natural and important part of anybody’s day and a great way to recharge, reenergize and reinvigorate your body to keep going strong with your day just like the Little Engine that Could!
Now, the NSF states that there are 3 different types of napping — and all are a-okay!
The first is: planned napping — my personal second favourite of napping styles — this is where you make time in your day to nap (imagine a world where scheduled napping was part of the workday!). The NSF suggests this type of napping in situations where you know that you will be up later than usual, so that you can ward off that sleepiness feeling you would normally feel without taking the nap.
The second is emergency napping — my least favourite because this means that you’re working too hard — emergency napping occurs when you are simply and suddenly too tired to continue you doing you and your body goes into ‘sleep mode’. I strongly suggest trying to stay away from this napping style, because ironically, it could be a wake-up call that you are working much too hard, without giving yourself a break and you are starting to burnout…
The third is my personal favourite…habitual napping! This nap style is when you routinely take a nap at the same time every day (almost like when little kids have ‘nap time’).
But why take a nap? I bet you’re reading this and thinking to yourselves, “ok Iain, we get it…you like to nap a lot, but what does napping do other than make you feel like you’re living on a cloud?”
First of all, living on a cloud sounds fantastic….but in all seriousness, napping has got it’s serious benefits!
For starters, naps can restore your alertness. On days when you have got just too much packed in to the short 24 hours, naps are a great way to make sure that you are keeping your head in the game, all game long!
Napping has also got its psychological benefits. According to the NSF, it’s a great way to keep in check and make sure that your body is getting the relaxation and rejuvenation it needs to keep pressing on with the day.
Not to mention that napping is safe! Now I know what you’re thinking, “how is napping safe?” well, studies have shown that napping actually improves safe driving! I’m sure that we’ve all felt groggy at one time or another when we are driving long distances (I know that driving tuckers me out…) but still, we press on and keep driving because we just want to get to our ‘Point B’. Well, it turns out that taking a 20-minute nap before driving that long distance can significantly reduce your chances of being directly involved in a “driving drowsy” collision.
All-in-all I strongly and seriously approve of hardcore napping, and I think that we can learn a thing or two from our feline friends; everyone should take part in a nap here-and-there whether it’s planned, or habitual because napping has got some amazing benefits, and Badgers simply need to nap once in a while…
For more info on appropriate napping and to read the full article with more benefits and some possible negatives, hit up the National Sleep Foundation here: http://sleepfoundation.org
Brock On Badgers!
Courtesy of: The Wall Street Journal