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Change Your Life This Year With a Great New Habit

January 8, 2010

How would you like to improve  your energy, lower stress levels, increase your productivity, improve your memory, balance hormones, reduce your risk of heart disease, and improve your overall mood and quality of life?  What if I told you that to do this you only need 10-20 minutes, it doesn’t take any extra energy or effort, and that it’s completely FREE? No brainer right?

What the heck could be this great doc? –A simple afternoon snooze.

Ok, for those of you who immediately said yeah right, I work in a cubicle with 4 other people and a boss breathing down my neck all day long! Well, sorry unless you can convince your HR person to get approval for one of these Metro Nap  sleep pods like they have in the Empire State Building for some of the 10,000 workers that pay $$ to catch some z’s, you might have to catch a nap in the john or in your car. For all the rest of you, to combat that afternoon lull why not have a nice 20 minute siesta to charge your battery?
Check out this study that shows that a 20 minute mid-afternoon nap reported that individuals had more energy, more self-confidence, and increased productivity.  Or this NASA study that shows that a nap can boost your performance by as much as 34%! Or this one that shows that shuteye can lower your heart-related death rate by 37%!

Two words: No Brainer.  Conventional belief is that napping is only for the elderly or for lazy, unproductive people. Au contraire mon ami! It is just the opposite.  Since I started the habit of napping I feel more energetic, more productive during my working hours, and more focused. It is one of the best habits that I have ever adopted!

Next time you’re feeling a little distracted, tired, or run-down, have a 20 minute cat nap. It might be one of the best changes that you make this new year. And if you catch some flak, use the research that is cited in this blog post and tell them you’re doctor told you to 😉

Your health coach,

Dr. Ryan Hewitt

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2010 6:18 pm


    What an awesome blog! I loved it…in fact I think I will go into the massage room and take a mini nap right now 🙂 Thanks for the information.

  2. drhewitt permalink*
    January 16, 2010 7:48 pm

    Thanks Morgan! Great to hear from you and thanks for your comment. Keep reading and I’ll keep posting;) Make it your best 2010 ever!

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