“No time to sleep, you better take a nap / Wake up, put in the work, and live the dream.”
-Joseph Junior Adenuga
A nap is a short period of sleep, usually taken during the day. It’s meant to supplement normal sleep and give sleepers a burst of alertness and energy. Many swear by napping as an effective way to relax and recharge.
We should all get 7-9 hours of sleep a night, say experts. But that’s sometimes difficult. Life gets in the way. We get hooked on a new show and don’t realize our bedtime passed four episode’s ago. Work keeps us up late. Our children need us during the night. Anxiety wakes us up and makes it hard to drowse off.
When we get less sleep than we need, we build up a sleep deficit. Operating on less sleep impairs almost all aspects of body function. It worsens our reaction time, information processing, judgment, patience, and vision. Extended fatigue can also lead to stress, burnout, and moodiness.
Power naps can help replenish energy while improving memory recall. Power naps can also lead to more alertness and better mood. The benefits of taking a nap include reduced stress, more efficiency, and better concentration. Infact, many employers have recognized the benefits of power naps on work performance. Several companies offer opportunities to nap at work, including in dedicated spaces with sleep nap pods. You don’t need fancy equipment to have a good power nap, though.
If you don’t have a dedicated napping space available, find somewhere you won’t be disturbed and that has low noise levels. Is there an office or conference room you can use? A parked car can be a good option. If you work from home, try retreating into your bedroom.
You could simply set an alarm for 20 minutes and make sure you don’t have anything to do right after it goes off. While you should wake up refreshed, not groggy, it’s best to give yourself a few minutes to transition back into work.
Do practice power napping and let us know your experience!