The power of power naps
Okay let me set the scene. You are reading something. You know that what you are reading is important and necessary. Your eyes feel dry, tired and warm and they long for you to close the blinds on your world. You shut your eyes for a few seconds. You could almost fall asleep while sitting at your desk. Your subconscious takes over and you submerge into a world of random thoughts and pictures. BAM! You force yourself to wake up and reopen your eyes to the bright world around you. Now you have had enough. You leave to go lie down and watch T.V. or scroll through Facebook, leaving your work unfinished and yourself disappointed for the rest of your day/night.
We have all felt this before. I have even done this before! But today I am going to share with you a trick I use to beat these unimpressive results time and time again.
I present to you the…
The Power Nap.
The power nap is simple, effective and it works.
How the power nap works:
1. Find a quiet room and keep the lights dim. (Never sleep in a room with total darkness as you may find it harder to wake back up).
2. Lie down. Somewhere soft is good. A bed or couch will do nicely.
3. Set your alarm clock for 25-30 minutes. This allows for 5-10 minutes to fall asleep and the remaining 20 minutes for the refreshing sleep time. Warning! NEVER GO LONGER THAN 20 MINUTES OF SLEEP or you will delve into a deeper level of sleep which is demotivating to wake up from and it will also leave you feeling groggy.
4. Close your eyes relax. Let your mind understand that “I have done all I can do for now. Now it is time for me to let my mind and body rest so that I can continue working later”.
5. BRRRIINNG! As soon as your alarm goes off jump straight out of your downed position and immediately begin moving around to allow the mind time to reconnect and fire up.
6. Continue with your work.
7. Send me a nice comment saying thank-you and how happy you are you read this post ;)
Now for anyone out there doubting the power nap, I’m not hating. Some people just don’t like them. Some people say it leaves them feeling groggy. However I find that 20 minutes of sleep prevents an individual from entering deep sleep which is what will make you feel groggy upon awakening.
Winston Churchill swore by power naps. He used to work 16 hours a day (a tremendous effort, as an average western work day is 8-9 hours). During World War II Winston would nap for an hour after lunch (I don’t advise this long, however it seems to have worked for Winston) then he would continue working up until the evening were he would nap for 2 hours. Then he would again reawaken and continue his work long past midnight.
John D. Rockefeller one of the world’s former great accumulators of wealth also swore by power naps. He would lie down on the couch in his office and take a half an hour nap in his office every noon.
So why not give it a try next time your gas tank is feeling empty and you’re just about ready to give up?