Sounds like it’s nap-time for somebody!
From the desk of Dr. Erik Vose... There’s something that most of adults have forgotten from our early childhood years that could drastically improve our quality of life. It’s free, easy and actually feels really good. It’s a wonderful thing called “taking a nap”.
The National Institute of Mental Health (a division of the NIH) has documented findings in an interesting review article. The article confirms what toddlers have been demonstrating for many, many years. The benefits of taking a nap range from decreasing stress levels, increasing your ability to learn new tasks, increasing alertness, productivity and creativity just to name a few. Here is a link to the article… see for yourself:
The stigma that people who nap are just lazy is really not the case at all, in fact, your performance only gets better following a nap, so: work smarter- not harder right? There have been many famously productive people who are proponents of a good power nap.
Here are some tips for creating the perfect nap:
- Taking a late morning or early afternoon nap is less likely to leave you “groggy”
- Find a dark place or a cover for your eyes, this stimulates the release of a hormone called melatonin, which has been shown to induce sleep
- Find a quiet place or use something to create “white noise” such as a fan or even a “white noise” app on your mobile phone
- Use a blanket or turn up the heat because your body temp. drops when you sleep
- The optimal nap time is about 20 min. Chances are, if you allow yourself to wake up on your own, you will find that your body naturally wakes up after about this amount of time… but if you can’t take the chance that you won’t wake up on time, put yourself in a comfortable position and when you feel you are fully relaxed, set an alarm for 25 or 30 minutes.
Sleep Tight! ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz……………….
Erik S. Vose D.C.
Doctor of Chiropractic
Erik Vose is a Board Certified Chiropractor in Massachusetts. He holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in California and a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from the University of Colorado. After earning his doctorate degree, Erik received two years of additional chiropractic and sports therapy training in Walnut Creek, CA. Erik is a member of the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society and the American Chiropractic Association.
Dr.Vose treats patients for a range of conditions from sports injuries to chronic pain by focusing on the entire musculoskeletal system. Erik combines soft tissue therapy with ultrasound, electric stimulation, stretching, and chiropractic adjustments. He is proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of extremity injuries as well as those associated with the spine. Erik develops comprehensive treatment plans that focus on both alleviating symptoms and helping his patients achieve optimal strength and well-being.