Enough number of studies has shown that the human body needs at the least 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night. However, not many of us have the privilege of getting that many hours of sound sleep. For most people, the problem may be the lack of time, with too many things to do in a 24-hour day. While for others, it may be due to problems such as insomnia, stress or other illnesses that keep them awake in the night.
In any case, the fact still remains that your body needs sleep. And if you don’t get the required amount of sleep, you will start seeing its negative effects on your productivity, efficiency and the ability to focus.
That’s where Power Naps come into play. A 26-minute power nap (which is known to be the “sweet-spot” for ideal nap time) has shown to improve alertness by 54% and performance by 34%.
Often times we tend to sip on some coffee or tea to stay awake. However, these beverages prevent your body from actually getting the rejuvenation that is needed, which only a power nap can provide. Power naps provide the mind and body the rest and reset that is essential for the smooth functioning of the mind and body.
Here’s how to make the most of power naps so that you pack more energy (and sleep) into your day.
First of all, who should not go for power naps?
Insomniacs– If you are insomniac or have trouble sleeping during the night, we strong recommend you to avoid taking naps in the day.
Those who get good sleep in the night– If you are not sleep-deprived and are able to sleep enough through the night, you don’t need a power nap.
For all the remaining ones, who somewhere in the middle of the day, feel their productivity starts to diminish, find it difficult to focus or feel like they’re too tired to do the task at hand, power naps can be helpful.
How to make the most of your power naps?
- Scientists agree that power naps work best when they last for 20-30 minutes.
- The ideal time to take your power nap is between 1 and 3 p.m. However, if you work late in the night, a nap between 5 and 6 p.m. might be more suitable for you.
- Get rid of all noises and turn off the phone before the nap. This is very important.
- If you work night shifts, taking regular power naps during your work hours will help you stay more alert, which in turn enhances your productivity and performance.
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