Recovery (sleep, naps & rest activity) improves not just human body, but brain function.
How we use our energy throughout our day carries over to our cognition, motivation, focus, creativity & mood.
“What do Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Salvador Dali, and John F. Kennedy all have in common? All of them were brilliant thinkers and leaders, and all of them took daily naps. Napping increases focus, memory and energy. A recent NASA study revealed that a 20-40 minute nap boosted cognition by almost 40%.”
Many high performance athletes whose lifestyles most people don’t get the chance to observe, and some of whom we’ve worked around when we were competing naturally at the US national level in the sport of figure, build naps intentionally into their day for good reason: improved results. Napping and added recovery improves everything from performance to speed to reaction times to muscle growth to natural healing.
Your brain & body do amazing natural healing & growth work while you sleep, WHY? Because it’s the one time all day that all your energy is being focused internally into your body to do good work. You’re not thinking, you’re not moving, you’re not stressing, you’re not digesting… you’re just recovering.
Most people only perceive that they are “using energy” when they exercise, but that is an incorrect understanding of the human body. This was something we began to understand further when we successfully naturally healed my own battle with adrenal fatigue & Hashimoto’s disease drug-free; all the ways the body uses, produces, and conserves energy.
In fact, our bodies and brains use energy all day long, for thinking, talking, internal pain management, processing food we eat, and so on. The amount of energy we use just increases during an exercise session (hopefully!).
Consider the human lifespan & how we naturally integrate rest & recovery into that cycle from birth to death when we just allow our bodies to lead us to do what they’re naturally built to do as a brilliant machine driven by natural instinct.
Small children take naps naturally because at that time in our lifespan the human body and brain has so much amazing growth work to do, significant energy conservation is needed for this purpose, and so we nap, or should be napping as children.
As we age, and energy levels naturally decline unless we work to counter that naturally, we tend to also take more naps in the name of energy conservation.
But naps are ALSO for adults who seek better natural health & fat loss results, better productivity and clarity, or even just a better overall human body experience.
There is an excellent book called, “The Power of Full Engagement” by Jim Loehr which I read around 2008 that discusses research studies on the most effective ways to use our bodies energy for improved physical & mental performance. In the book they noted studies done on corporate workers and found that those who used their energy in a cyclical fashion, working in 2 hour or so spurts with recurrent breaks throughout the day in this pattern, had the most effective productivity levels through body energy and mental focus.
Now, don’t misunderstand us and think, it’s all about rest, when in actuality what we’re sharing with you is that improving your natural health, fat loss and fitness results is all about improved cycles of energy output and energy input. This is a completely different statement then, hey, just go take naps, already!
This is why one of our five core values of e3 Energy Evolved is “Efficiency”. These are essentially ways we improve our human body and brain energy efficiency, and THAT always leads to a better result. Mark our words, naps are making a come back!
Author: Heather Dubé, HHC, AADP, ACSM CWC, NASM CPT, NC Cand. & BA Psychology, is a Functional Nutrition Practitioner, US National-Level Natural NPC Figure Bodybuilding Competitor & Contributing Expert Magazine Writer with 24 years experience, and Co-Founder of the e3 Energy Evolved™ System.
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