Frank William Boreham 1871-1959

Frank William Boreham 1871-1959
A photo F W Boreham took of himself in 1911

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

We Are Meant to take a 'Boreham Nap'

Mention has been made earlier of the practice of Frank and Stella to undress and get into bed for an hour’s sleep every afternoon. Was this merely a pastor’s luxury, another quaint habit that the Borehams adopted or was there a deeper purpose?

A recent article in the Gulf News says:

“In these times of power lunches, a post-lunch nap would be considered a sacrilege. But, not so, says Dr Gregg D. Jacobs, an American consultant. “Many people feel a mid-afternoon slump in mood and alertness, especially after a poor night sleep. Many believe that this slump is caused by eating a heavy lunch. However, in reality, this occurs because we were meant to have a mid-afternoon nap.”

“Based on varied evidence, including the universal tendency of toddlers and the elderly to nap in the afternoon, sleep researchers have concluded that nature intended that we take a nap in the middle of the day. This biological tendency to fall asleep in mid-afternoon coincides with a slight drop in body temperature and occurs regardless of whether we eat lunch or not.”

“Research on napping suggests that an afternoon nap as short as 10 minutes can enhance alertness, mood, and mental performance, especially after a night of poor sleep.”

So F W Boreham was a man before his time. The Boreham nap with Stella was no luxury! Frank Boreham was no slouch when it came to productivity.

Change your lifestyle.
Institute the Boreham Nap.
Ease into it by reading a chapter of one of Boreham’s books.
You’ll discover, like Frank and Stella, that the 'Boreham Nap' will recharge your batteries.

Source: Shiva Kumar, ‘Is there a Lesson Here?’ Gulf News, Friday Magazine, January 26-February 1, 2007, 19.

Image: A wise baby taking a Boreham Nap.