7 Reasons to Nap At Work

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“You must sleep sometime between lunch and dinner… Don’t think you will be doing less work because you sleep during the day. That’s a foolish notion held by people who have no imaginations. You will be able to accomplish more. You get two days in one — well, at least one and a half, I’m sure.” – Winston Churchill

Do you usually feel so tired, irritated and sleepy during work hours? Have you caught yourself dozing off at intervals, during an afternoon meeting, or staring blankly at your screen?

It may be that you need to nap at work.

A website reader poll revealed that 63% of people who got less than 6 hours of sleep at night admitted to falling asleep during work. If you fall into this category, it’s perfectly normal for you to feel sleepy because you actually need a power nap to snap you back to productivity.
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A power nap is a short nap during the day, usually about 20 – 30 minutes that helps to refresh you without sending you into a deeper state of sleep. These naps boost productivity at work, reduce stress levels, improve concentration and mood, improve alertness and memory retention. Napping actually increases your working memory and increases your ability to focus when carrying out complex tasks according to a research carried out by NASA.

If you always feel drowsy mid-day, on your way back home after work, or lack energy during work hours, you should definitely take up power napping. Sometimes, you might also find yourself facing important presentations, meeting with clients, or right in the middle of complex problems. Taking a power nap would help you get better focused.

The main reason you want to take a power nap is to regain energy and boost productivity, so the ideal time is between 20-30 mins. This short time would help your body get refreshed and complete at least two cycles of sleep. But if you wake up between 35 to 60 minutes, your body would go into a state called ‘sleep inertia’ which would leave you groggy and even more tired. If you had the luxury of sleeping for 1 to 2 hours, which is a restorative nap, it would have been great, but hey, you are at work, you don’t have the time for such frivolities. You can try that during the weekends.

Now you know what a nap at work entails, follow these tips and enjoy healthy catnaps!

1. Before you start your ‘napexercise’ you ought to understand the policy of where you work. If your employer frowns on you sleeping at your desk, right smack in the middle of work, then taking a power nap right then would not be ideal. What you can do is take one before you start work for the day, during your lunch break or immediately after work. Make sure you do not interfere with work. But if your company welcomes the idea of power napping, then the world is your oyster.

2. The next step is to get the right location for napping and also get comfortable. Find a conducive place to nap without being disturbed. You should also think of taking eyeshades, or your headphones to supply you restful music…it helps.

3. When you consume caffeine, fat, carbohydrates or sugars a few hours before you set to nap, you also reduce your chances of falling asleep. Instead go for protein high food and drinks an hour before you nap.

4. As mentioned earlier, you don’t want to oversleep and feel even worse than before. So if you struggle with waking up even after a short nap, you may want to make use of an alarm clock.

5. You may have trouble falling asleep the first few times you try. But over time, your body would get used to it, and at the usual time, you would feel the urge to take a nap. So make it routine.

6. Don’t guilt trip yourself over napping at work, because your body really needs the boost. Your reason for napping is not because you want to be lazy, but because you want to do even better.

7. If you do not have the luxury of taking a power nap, you could also try using the meditation nap technique. This way you simply close your eyes for 5-10 minutes, take deep breaths and relax. When you open your eyes, you would feel rejuvenated.

There you go, seven tips to powering through on stressed and drowsy days. Share with your fam and friends and help them become healthier and more productive.
Editors Notes: Lets know your thoughts in the comments!
Source: acceleratetv

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