The 6 principles I used to become a pro-napper in under three months
Study after study has shown that napping can lead to improved performance, reduced stress and can even make us more creative.
I tried. But I couldn’t nap.
Napping is key to Steph Curry’s pregame routine.
“When you wake up from a nap, you know what time it is, you know it’s time to get ready and get focused and go to the game.” Steph Curry
Yes all good and well, but I’ve tried.
And I COULDN’T NAP.
I’m the type of person who took a long time to fall asleep at night. When my head hit the pillow, my mind would go into overdrive. My best thinking was done at night, in the calm and quiet of my bed.
If it took me an hour to fall asleep at night….How could I ever relax enough to become a daytime napper?
When I tried, I would spend 20 minutes daydreaming. I would come out of the nap more excitable than I went in.
Napping is not sleeping. But the act of lying horizontally and having the intent to calm your mind and body can result in achieving rest and recovery.
I committed to becoming a napper. And trained like a pro.
Over 3 months (approx 20–25 naps) I taught myself to nap.
The 6 Principles of napping
Once you master it, you can use the 4–7–8 breathing technique during your rest breaks to get your mind ready to nap!
Think of your favourite sleeping position. Picture where your head, arms, torso and legs are located.
Now imagine standing up in the same position as you sleep — for 6–8 hours.
If you are anything like me, my neck would be in a world of pain as my head is turned sharply to the right. My torso is twisted in the opposite direction. Ouch.
Kelly Starrett advises athletes on rest and recovery through mobility. His overview on sleeping positions is a much watch.
The benefits of napping are evident. For anyone who wants to be more productive, creative and more alert. You need to nap.
For those who can’t nap — rest easy. With some perseverance and a little help you can become a pro napper in no time.
Keep practicing and happy napping!
Michael Ashton is the Growth Lead of Silentmode, a company that creates smart relaxation solutions that help people reduce stress and improve their performance. They are serious about the power of rest.
Originally published at medium.com