Naps get a bad rap in most industrialized nations (except Spain and a few other countries that still do siestas). And that’s too bad, because naps really are a secret weapon for creativity and productivity.
Sleep plays an incredibly important role when it comes to forming memories, learning, and creativity. Much like when you are working on a project around the house, you periodically need to stop, get organized, and put un-needed stuff away, our brain needs that break in the action in order to carry on the most efficiently.
And in a world where 80% of us don’t get enough sleep at night, napping will help get us to the 7-9 hours/night that most experts recommend. [Read more…]