Day 15: Take a Siesta #30DaysofGOOD

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Day 15: Take a Siesta #30DaysofGOOD Day 15: Take a Siesta #30DaysofGOOD
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Day 15: Take a Siesta #30DaysofGOOD

by Hillary Newman

October 17, 2011

Welcome to The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD). Each month, we challenge our community members to do something that will improve the world around us—and our own lives. The challenge for October? To get healthy. In an effort to help us all rise to the occasion, we're going to assign one small task every day. Each morning, we will post the challenge on GOOD.is and Twitter, along with a testimonial from someone on the GOOD team who's already completed it. We invite you to complete all 30 mini-challenges with us! Today, we challenge you to:

Take a siesta.

After a bit of research (for those of you who also didn’t know, ‘siesta’ is Spanish for ‘nap’), I realized this is the sort of health challenge I could achieve. Never mind ramping up on exercise or cutting down on alcohol and smoking—“The Breakfast of Champions,” as I like to call it. This task seemed easy, indulgent even.
 
Take a nap.
 
That’s it? Sleep? During the day? It’s all I dream about when I’m awake, and all I dream about when I’m asleep too—which quickly devolves into an Inception-esque hell where Carlos Castaneda and I sail in a steampunk zeppelin through Monty Python animation in search of Juno (hey, that’s what my limbo looks like, what can I say).
 
Well, anyway, no more stalling. I have a nap to take.
 
Unfortunately my plans to live-blog my nap have been an abject failure. However, the nap itself was an abject success. It turns out that naps have a litany of benefits, from memory and creativity to energy and even lowering heart disease. Refreshed from my sueño (that’s Spanish for sleep!), I’m ready to go out and help a friend celebrate his birthday. But first a little “Dinner for Champions."
-Will Lamborn

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