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5 ways to justify your afternoon nap

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I’ve just had one of those lazy weekend afternoons, where all the plans for ticking off your to-do list just fly straight out the window when the sun starts streaming in over the couch, the dog curls up on your lap, and dozing off just feels like bliss.

Yes it was lazy, no I don’t feel guilty, and yes it’ll probably happen again. We work hard for the right to our weekend afternoon nap, and with that post-nap glow I’ve set about to prove they really are good for your mind, body and soul.

Napping is not just for loungeabouts!

It’s amazing what you find out when you try to justify your own laziness – it’s been reported that some of history’s most influential, powerful and legendary people swore by the odd afternoon nap. Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Margaret Thatcher and Bill Clinton to name a few. Okay, so most of these are politicians – to be honest, I’m not sure if it says more about napping or about politicians, but I’m going to run with it.

Super stressbuster

Need to de-stress? Unwind? This study proves that napping can actually lower your blood pressure, particularly in times of stress. Nice.

If companies are starting to encourage it, it’s gotta be good

Google, AOL and Huffington Post in the US are all encouraging afternoon naps for their employees by providing sleep pods – and they’re reporting heightened productivity. Okay, so it might be a bit much to be napping at work, but if it’s good enough for Google, it’s good enough for me.

Centuries of siestas

The Spanish have been taking afternoon siestas for centuries. It’s part of their culture, the way their country runs, and is really just a way of life. Taking time out for yourself, your family, your body and your wellbeing – it’s actually quite a foreign concept for the rest of us. It makes so much sense though, doesn’t it?

It just feels good

It’s free, it’s legal, you can do it at home, and it’s 100% au naturale. When it’s all these kinds of right, it just can’t be wrong.

Is that enough justification for you? It’s the weekend. The day is yours. It’s okay… really. Viva la nap!

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