Healthy Living Habits: The Power of Napping

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When you are feeling tired and perhaps a bit stressed and you are looking for a healthy living solution to a personal or professional problem perhaps it is time to take a Nap.

Thomas Edison The Wizard of Menlo Park is said to have found many solutions to problems while taking a short sleep. I have personally seen a photo of him asleep on his workbench.

Napping is a special type of time out for your brain. Do you remember the last time you stopped looking for something you misplaced or forgot a name and then when you let go thinking about the challenge and rested then ‘pop’ you got a solution?

The solution arrived when you released your conscious mind’s focus on the challenge and let your subconscious mind work on it instead. Science has yet to understand the subconscious mind, however, one thing is typically agreed on and that is, it appears to contain a lot more cognitive processing power than our conscious mind. Thomas Edison somehow knew this and enhanced his successful use of the subconscious mind to find solutions by turning off his conscious mind by choosing to nap when he wanted to find a solution.

Edison used the solutions he found to help create over 1,000 patents that included the original record player and the incandescent light bulb. Edison also worked long hours so it is likely he also used napping to help keep his conscious mental and physical energy at its peak each day.

In contrast to Edison, many people believe being active every hour of the day is necessary to be creative and productive and successful in life and that napping is a waste of time or just for babies. Indeed, there is research for and against the idea of napping. So make your choice (with medical advice if you wish) to investigate the idea of relaxing your mind and body for a short period of time during the day and see how it impacts you ability to reduce stress and nourish the success and happiness in your life.

Action Step

Take time right now to review your memory and locate at least one time in your life when you were frustrated and working on a problem and then you decided to go to bed and let the problem rest and think about it in the morning. Then to your amazement you had a solution ‘pop’ into your mind the next morning.

Now consider the following: When you encounter a business or personal challenge and you have written down briefly a number of possible solutions find a quite space, set your wake up alarm and then lie down, review the solutions and relax your mind and body and then take a nap of 15 to 20 minutes and see if you have one particular solution rise up in your mind.

At the very least you will most likely have renewed mental and physically energy after the nap to embrace the challenge again or to nourish other events in your life that will support your success and wellness.

You may also wish to check out The Committee of Sleep which explores ideas used in the movie Inception.

Enjoy a wonderful day,

David