Natasha Oakley - British Romance Author

Writer of tug-at-the-heartstrings, feel-good romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

National Siesta Day

Well, I'm still writing. Interrupted by sports days, school consultation appointments, drama and music productions in addition to all the usual clubs and so forth. It was sooooooooooooo much easier when they were all in bed by seven.

But ...

How about this bit of joyous news. Here in the UK it's National Siesta Day. I really like the sound of that.

According to the website (And, yes, there is a website) 'Research shows that we have a strong biological tendency to become tired in the early afternoon. A short 10-20 minute nap in the middle of a working day can increase productivity by over 30% and alertness by 100% as well as improve memory and concentration, according to NASA. Recent research shows that we can also reduce stress and the risk of heart disease by 34%.'

And there are tips on how to do it:

'Ideally we should lie down to nap as this simulates the position we are when sleeping at night and our body can relax more easily. Wherever you are, it is important that you are as comfortable as possible, as safe as possible and you do not cause obstruction or hazzard to other people. So if your favourite place is under your desk at work, make sure your feet do not stick out causing a passerby to trip! Also if you doze off in the park, make sure your belongings are safely by your side and the strap of a bag is looped around your arm.'


1. Lie down if possible on a bed, floor or sofa. Or you can sit back in your chair. Use a cushion or pillow if you can.

2. Set your alarm for 10-20 minutes.

3. Close your eyes. An eye mask may help to cut out bright light….or a folded newspaper.

4. Let your mind wander or think of sinking downwards. Even if you do not actually sleep, the process will relax your mind and refresh you.

5. Enjoy.'

So, that's that - I'm off for a nap. 30% increase in productivity can only be good.



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