A power nap is a nap that’s long enough to get you recharged, but not so long that it makes you groggy.
Most people lean on caffeine to stay productive and charged. However, Power napping is fun and efficient way that not only will recharge your body but also boost your memory, cognitive skills, creativity, and energy level. It is usually between lunch and dinner time and lasts about 10-30 minutes.
I am a power napper. On weekends, few minutes after lunch, I will take a quick 10-15 minutes nap and wake up recharged, energized and ready for my next thing!! My mental alarm (which I call a pillow alarm) wakes me up exactly when I desired to be up – in most cases 10 minutes. I believe I inherited this gift of power napping from my dad.
Benefits of Power Napping:
- Boost Productivity
- Improves Memory
- Reduces Blood Pressure
- Reduces Stress
- Improves Mood
A lot of studies and reports have linked insufficient sleep to a multitude of health problems like depression, ADHD, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. According to CDC, over 70 million adults are suffering from a sleep disorder. Today’s fast-paced world and overly busy schedules can somewhat be blamed for this sleep epidemic.
If you are one of those individuals who struggle to get enough sleep at night or just need a quick recharge, try power napping. You can start by setting an alarm to be up at the desired time but slowly your body will be trained to let you rest for an optimal time so you wake up to be refreshed and recharged!
Let me know in the comments if you try to power nap and do you feel the benefits from it.
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