If the Offbeat Breathing exercise I went over in my last post doesn’t work for you, try simply taking a quick cat nap. It may not seem easy to take a nap in the middle of the day, but if you time it just right, a quick nap can boost your productivity more than you’d think. I’ve told you about the mid-day slump between 1:00 and 3:00 PM in the afternoon. Well this also happens to be the best time for a power nap.
You should keep it to about 15 to 25 minutes for maximum benefit. Any longer than 30 minutes, and your brain will start to fall into the deeper REM cycle that will make you feel groggier when you wake back up.
Try this snazzy trick to get in a quick, concise power nap. Drink a cup of coffee or caffeinated tea (whichever you prefer), then immediately lie down in a dark quiet room and take your nap. The caffeine you drank will kick in about 20-30 minutes later, waking you up with a nice boost of energy. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to jump back into productive mode.
As many people have found, a well-timed nap has all types of benefits, including boosting your memory, your cognitive ability, and enhancing your overall performance. In short, a power nap gives you more power. That’s why they call it that (I assume, I really don’t know much about how “they” think).
Now finding the right time of day for your power nap is a bit more complicated than just when you feel tired. The particular timing of your perfect power nap depends on the time you woke up in the morning. So try using this interactive nap wheel to help you identify the right time for you.
The power nap may perhaps be one of the laziest way to boost your productivity, but it’s certainly effective. And when done right, you’ll wake feeling rejuvenated and more powerful.
Happy Power Napping!
Questions? Comments? Absurd Ideas? Please comment below and tell me how you take your power naps, and if you find them an effective way to rejuvenate.
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