The Art of the Power Nap
May the force (of a nap) be with you
A short 20-minute nap has more power than all the caffeine you can drink in 20 minutes. Believe it or not? The truth is that the power nap can reset your system, provide a burst of alertness, increase your motor performance and give you that spurt of energy you’ve been searching for. Bet your favorite energy drink can’t do all that – without interfering with your sleep later at night!
But when’s the best time for us to grab all this napping goodness? Experts say the most optimal time for a nap is mid-day between 1pm and 3pm. Try to squeeze in a nap after 4pm and you’ll throw off your night time sleep schedule and reduce your sleep quality.
Ready to ask your boss for a scheduled naptime during work hours? If only we could be so lucky.
There are a variety of nap times to choose from that can help your energy and brain functions in different ways. According to WebMD, these are the naptime breakdowns:
Some people have a hard time taking naps, but following these nap tips can make it easier to catch a quick snooze when you need it.
To drink coffee or to take a nap?
A very difficult question to ponder when you have the whole day in front of you and you really need energy – should you trust coffee to do the job? The experts say taking a short nap is more beneficial than coffee. Caffeine can decrease your brains memory performance, gets you more wired than energized and you risk making more mistakes.
If you do feel the need for that extra caffeine boost, take a shot of espresso (or drink a cool cup of coffee) before you lay down for your 20 minute power nap. Coffee takes approx. 20 minutes to travel through your system and can provide a little kick when you’re waking from your nap. Coffee can affect your quality of sleep at night so consider shutting off the coffee stream before 2 pm. Lasting energy comes from the combination of quality sleep and regular napping.
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