I feel like I should clean the house so I’m going to take a nap until that feeling passes.” - author unknown
If you’re like most people, you believe that napping or lounging is for lazy people or children. I invite you to reconsider this idea. It’s never been more important to practice relaxation techniques and apply them every day.

In Spanish-speaking countries, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Spain, the Siesta is as common as eating three meals a day. Siestas are also common in Italy, Greece, the Philippines, and Nigeria. We have something to learn from these cultures. For example, in the US, the number one killer is heart disease. Napping, as it turns out, can boost your heart and brain health.

Experts agree that taking a power nap of 10 to 20 minutes increases your alertness and energy. A 30-minute nap may make you feel a bit groggy on awakening, but after thirty minutes of wake time, the therapeutic effects are immense—the same with the 60-minute nap, which helps with learning names and facts. With the 90 minute nap, you enter the dream state, and with this length of time, you wake feeling revitalized, leading to emotional and procedural memory and creativity.
Years ago, I learned a 3-minute power nap from a bioenergetic therapist from Russia. It goes like this. You find a comfortable spot, even sitting up is ok, and you close your eyes and say to yourself, “entrance into relaxation.” At which point, your body and mind shut down completely, although you are not fully asleep like a conscious unconsciousness. After three minutes, I feel like I have rested for 8 hours.

My plan for today is to take a soft nap before 3 PM, for the best effect, while wearing my Natalie and eye mask from ChambresSweden. Ah, there’s a lovely shade under my apple tree. I’ll go there, climb in my hammock and take a nap.

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