It’s something you’ve been doing since you were young. Kids hated them. They proclaimed that they weren’t tired and that they were too grown up for naps. Their parents would not relent though. Nap time was hated by many kids for a long period of time.
Now as an adult once again the power nap enters the fray. Nothing beats going for your lunch break and passing out for a bit to regain some necessary energy for the afternoon. Plus sleeping feels great. Making sure you get enough sleep without going overboard is extremely important. The recommended amount can vary. I’ve heard 30-60 minutes is fine (great source I know), while other articles get as low as 10-20 minutes.
There have been plenty of studies on the impact of naps. Research like the one linked here discusses how naps offered a positive effect in adult workers ranging from minor to dramatic increases in alertness and memory recall. A good nap leaves you feeling more energized than ever before and can cut the afternoon grogginess from slipping in after lunch. Granted when it comes to researching the effects on people in general, your mileage may vary when it comes to the positive impacts.
Note however, that there has also been research that showed that those who napped longer than 60 minutes had higher mortality rates. Super scary, but once again when we’re talking about people there are so many factors that go into who we are overall that there are many potential explanations for this relationship.
However, the reason I bring this up is because I’m curious on if authors nap. There are some interesting works on when certain famous authors wake up like this one. Naps are a bit of a different beast. Some people loathe them because they leave snoozer groggy and unsure of the world, while other people receive that positive benefit that was mentioned before and use that newfound energy as a spark for their creative process.
I for one enjoy an early afternoon nap to refocus for work and regain some energy I lost from an early day workout. It makes it feel like my days are split in two and I am by no means complaining. One can make the case that I could be spending that time writing instead, but I think of naps more like an investment. I use up some time now so I can be more ready later.
What are your thoughts on naps’ benefit/risk on your routine and writing habits?