Yet another reason you deserve a nap today

It’s no secret.  I love to nap.

(Actually, I prefer to just sleep late, but that’s not exactly possible with my family.  So I settle for the next best thing.  I crawl back in bed and nap once they leave the house.)

Before you write me off as yet another yoga pants wearing coffee drinking slacker mom, you really REALLY need to hear why I nap.  I promise you this will blow your mind.

nap equals skinny

A good nap is the secret to weight loss.

I’m not a medical expert.  Heck, I’m not really much of an expert in anything… including fitness, research, science, diet, nutrition, weight loss, or cleaning my refrigerator.  About the only thing I’m an expert at is pretending to sleep when my kids wander in the room at 2am.  (I’ve figured out how to prod my toe into my husband’s leg just enough to wake him up – it works every time.)

But I’m convinced that napping makes me thinner.

Remember when I shared I’d lost a bowling ball (OK, ten pounds) while rehabbing my knee after surgery?  I’m still at it.  I’m spending hours at the gym each week because it’s the only thing that keeps me from being in pain.

My trainer dude thinks I should be losing weight, so he makes me weigh in on a regular basis.  Whatever. I’m still eating pizza and chocolate, I just don’t tell him about it.

(Although I am actually tracking what I eat. I might actually be following MOST of his rules these days.  Shhh! Don’t tell my inner child.)

Two weeks ago, I got kicked out of the gym.

I showed up for a session with my trainer and I was dragging.  I’d been super busy and pushing hard and I felt like I’d been run over by a steam roller.   I was also on a streak of over 20 days of working out without missing a day.

My trainer dude took one look at me and sent me home.  Not only that, but I was banned from working out for 48 hours.  I was told to basically sit on my backside and do nothing for two straight days.

(I love my trainer dude.)

I had a ton of errands and needed to clean my house for men’s group that night, so I basically ignored trainer dude’s advice.  The next day, I woke up and felt even WORSE.  I was convinced I was dying.

(I also weighed myself.  I do that every morning these days.  I love seeing the number go down.  I have one of those cool scales that syncs to my phone, so it creates this cool graph with all my stuff on it.  I um… might be obsessed with it.)

Losing the bowling ball (the first 10 pounds) had been steady progress. It was right at a half pound a day (with time out for weekends, but that’s a different story).  Then I stalled.  I sat at the same weight for almost a week.  Sigh.

After yet another disappointing weigh in, I crawled back in bed and took a nap.

I woke up two hours later weighing over a pound less.

I slept some more.

I woke up weighing even less.

(No, there weren’t extra trips to the bathroom in-between.  Yes, I was wearing the same thing.  Yes, I weighed in more than once to make sure the numbers were right.  Yes, the weight stayed off  in the days that followed.)

Here’s the deal.  I’m not a scientist, but I’ve been around enough geeky science people to know it doesn’t count unless you can reproduce the results more than once.

Fine.

Yesterday I was dog tired again.   My weight has also been stalled out again.

Today, I took another nap.

I woke up two hours later weighing two pounds less.

See? Science.

nap skinny

I think this proves that napping is good for you.  It’s the secret key to weight loss.

Nap = Skinny.

In all seriousness, I’ve spent some time thinking about the significance of my experience.   I’m pretty sure some expert somewhere could explain why it’s happening.  He’d probably use all sorts of fancy terms and refer to some of my glands.

I think there’s a simpler explanation.  God told us to rest.

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Psalm 127:2 ESV

We aren’t made to burn the candle at both ends.   God wants us to take time to rest.

To me, it’s pretty darn amazing that God loves me enough to tell me to go take a nap. It’s even more amazing that I get rewarded for napping when I need to.

I know.  Napping every day wouldn’t produce the same results.  It’s not a substitute for all the time I spend in the gym or all the vegetables I’m eating.  It won’t negate the impact of eating a bunch of queso.  A good nap is just part of the bigger picture.

It still feels good to nap.

 

 

 

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. You convinced me! Headed upstairs right this second to take off a good 10 pounds before carpool! ;)-Ashley
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  2. If only sleeping made us lose weight! Wouldn’t that be awesome!!!

    Seriously, I agree that we need to rest. I absolutely do NOT burn the candle at both ends and I take breaks. I get up at a decent hour (not early, though) and go to bed on time. My daughter-in-law always hears my lecture series about the 3 musts: sleep, eat and sunshine. Of course, we can’t do anything about the weather but it definitely affects our mood.
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    • Patty, since I added vitamin D to my vitamins each day, the weather affects my mood a lot less. Just food for thought.

      I’m still convinced sleeping makes me lose weight. If I weight myself last thing at night and then again first thing in the morning I always weigh less when I wake up. (OK, I know… but I still made you think for a second, right?)

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