Healthier--and richer? Normally it feels like we have to sacrifice one to have the other. You know, spend more on organic food to feel better or endure more stress to make more money.
But Chuck Norris (who's much more than America's baddest good guy) says that there's a way to have both. And it's actually something you will probably enjoy.
Nap. That thing they used to make us do when we were little and now often wish we could do, but don't routinely make the time. Norris shares a new study that says while the sleep of our paleolithic ancestors was probably less than the prescribed 8 hours (researchers estimate they got about 6.5 hours a night), it was probably more restful.
"As some experts have suggested, the study might only further prove that the sleep we’re getting is of a decidedly lower quality than the sleep found in people that follow the environment’s natural 24-hour pattern of light and temperature; a rhythm foreign to the modern world," writes Norris in his WND column.
Well that's not very encouraging is it? So, the sleep that we're trying so desperately to find at night isn't even enough? Norris says the solution is in the nap.
Norris writes: "While taking a nap will not automatically make up for inadequate or poor quality nighttime sleep, a short nap of 20 to 30 minutes has shown to improve mood, alertness and performance. The more this benefit becomes known, the more the army of daytime nappers grows. Among the famous to recently join the ranks of Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy and Albert Einstein – all legendary nappers – is football star J.J. Watt."
"In the HBO documentary series 'Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Houston Texans,' it was revealed that this two-time NFL player of the year, one of the best athletes on earth, had a bed installed in a corner of the Texans’ equipment room. Here, Watt and his teammates would steal away during extended breaks for a little nap time. Watt later revealed to another player that he also makes it a practice to be in bed by nine o’clock at night to ensure a full night’s sleep and to provide the recovery time his body needs to remain in top shape. At 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 290 pounds, he has strength, conditioning, athleticism and resilience that few athletes in the game can match. Though engaged in one of the most physical and violent sports around, he hasn’t missed a single game in college or the pros due to injury.""When asked about his napping habit, he told ESPN, 'If you guys can get a bed in your workplace, go for it. I advocate highly for naps in the workplace.'"
And if Watt's anecdotal evidence isn't enough for the power of sleep, Norris shares this added incentive: money. "Separate research from the University of California at San Diego even suggests that there might be a direct link between sleep times and earnings. Their findings suggest that study participants sleeping one extra hour each night increased their earnings, on average, by 16 percent," says Norris.
So, what are we waiting for? Lay your head down, close your eyes, and go back to that wonderful childhood existence of napping. Your health and your wallet will thank you.
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