Originally posted March 8, 2011
One thing that I have learned to do and really look forward to everyday, is to take a nap. For health reasons, it is really good for you, and it is something I never did before because I always felt that I would “miss something”. I try to nap for no more than 30 minutes, with 20 minutes being ideal. One thing I dislike is a standard alarm clock that just blares out and makes you literally jump out of bed. One thing that I have for the past ten years, and recently upgraded is a Now and Zen progression alarm clock. This is the most gentle way I have found to wake up. The model I have is a gong bowl type, but the one I had before was a chime type. They both work well.
Here is how it works as described on their website. “As a result of fifteen years of product evolution at Now & Zen, we have created the world’s ultimate alarm clock, practice timer, and “mindfulness bell.” Our Zen Timepiece’s acoustic 6-inch brass bowl-gong fills your environment with beautifully complex tones whenever it strikes. In the morning, its exquisite sounds summon your consciousness into awakening with a series of subtle gongs that provide an elegant beginning to your day. When the alarm is triggered, the long-resonating gong strikes just once … then automatically, it strikes again in 3-1/2 minutes … then in 2 minutes … then in 1 minute … the gong strikes gradually increase over 10 minutes, eventually striking every 5 seconds until turned off. Once you experience the Zen Timepiece’s progressive awakening, you’ll never want to wake up any other way. It also serves as the perfect meditation timer. “
I can attest to its gentle awakening. I recently read a study that regular alarm clocks with their loud buzzers and crazy bells actually increase the body’s stress levels, instantly. Not exactly what you need the first thing in the morning. Also, the same article preached the advantage of taking a nap during the day to relieve stress and improve health.
Sometimes, I need to drive my wife to certain appointments, and because of my compromised immune system, I do not wait in waiting rooms if I can avoid it, so I wait in the car. I look forward to these “waiting” times, especially if I know I will not be able to go home to squeeze in a nap, so I can take one in the car. That’s where my next favorite product comes in. It’s called Wrap A Nap. It’s a pillow, blindfold and earmuff built into one. Here is the company’s product description:
“The Wrap-a-Nap is a long pillow that hugs your head with gentle pressure, giving you the sweet relief of complete darkness, muffled noise and 360 degrees of pillow protection. Constructed of plush minky fleece and squishy polyfill, the WAN’s luxurious softness is complemented by extended Velcro™ fasteners that allow for wide variation in fit and pressure. You can wear your WAN over your headphones for the ultimate in sensory deprivation. Around your forehead, it’s the perfect reading pillow. Around your neck, it’s all the support of a neckbrace, but softer and less humiliating. Practical, portable, squishy and simple, the WAN gives you the power to sleep anytime, anywhere — whether crammed in an airplane or face-down on a park bench — in dark, quiet, soft, luxurious, decadent, mildly comical slumbering comfort. “
Just wrap that thing around your head, recline the seat, and slumber. Buy a Now And Zen portable zen digital clock and take it with you in the car to wake up gently!
The Now And Zen timepieces are available from Now-zen, and the wrap a nap is available from wrapanap.com.
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