Disclaimer: this post was inspired by Casper who created a Napping 101 graphic to help de-stress for Stress Awareness Month.
It’s been quite some time since I have posted. If you know me personally or follow me on Instagram, you would know about my daughter’s recent health scare. For those who do not know, my daughter Aisling (“ash-lynn”) is recovering from congestive heart failure, for which she required open heart surgery. This all happened a little over a month ago, when she was 2 months old. Aisling is now 3 months old and is happy and healthy. To everyone who prayed for her and for us, thank you!
Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? Casper, whose commercials and ads about their mattresses you might have seen on TV and on the subway, wants to spread awareness on the importance of getting in a good nap. One thing that doesn’t happen with our busy days is napping. Napping is hard when you work in a big city like NYC. At my office, sometimes one of us might use our lunch break to take a little rest in a spare office. Napping has been shown to beneficial: you feel more rested, your stress is lowered, and you function better for both everyday activities and your health overall improves.
Casper wants to share the importance of napping as a stress reducer as well as some key tips on getting in a good nap and what quantifies as a nap:
One thing that is super integral with a new baby is sleep. Sleep is non-existent with a new baby. I thought I was tired during pregnancy – ha! Boy was I wrong. During Aisling’s hospital stay, our stress levels were through the roof and sleep was even more critical but we hardly slept a wink. I would nap in her room or go to the Ronald McDonald house we were staying at to nap. Compounding the lack of sleep was pumping. Since I breastfeed, I had to pump around the clock to maintain my milk supply. So every 3 hours, I was pumping… and running on very little sleep and we were so incredibly stressed. Now that we are back home, sleep is much better (we aren’t solidly sleeping through the night just yet but we’re close!) and I try to nap when the baby naps (though to be honest that doesn’t happen all the time). Even napping as little as 15 minutes has been helpful and helps me feel more energized to take on the rest of the day. Napping will be more critical when Aisling turns 4 months and the dreaded 4 month old sleep regression comes along.
I just wish when I was a kid, I didn’t fight naps as much as I did! Do you nap? On the weekends? Does your job allow for naps? Comment below!