It’s astounding how resting and breathing can seemingly solve your problems within minutes. And yet when the pressure is on, we rarely do either. One of my best friends who works from home has ALWAYS taken a nap in the middle of the day. He is very productive AND looks great! When I first began my quest to regain my sanity, I slept 9 hours a night and repeated this every night for two months. I now aim for seven to nine hours. But sometimes I can’t get that, so if I can, I grab a nap.
For me a nap is about 20 to 30 minutes long. Some folks can do an hour, but for me that’s TOO long and messes me up. Of course everyone is different and you will need to find the length of time that works for you and your body. Don’t think you can manage to get more sleep than you already do? Consider that sleeping more might actually make you more productive. If you still feel wired when you hit the sheets, utilizing natural candlelight, eye masks and earplugs, and shutting off all screens an hour before bed can help.