by: Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT
It never feels good when you simply cannot keep your eyes open any longer and it is only 2 o’clock in the afternoon. What is happening? You require a pick-me-up – but how?
Power napping is the newest thing in the area of office productivity. The concept has been around for years but now it’s more widely accepted as a practice.
Power napping is among the most effective ways to help you get a 2nd wind on a busy day. It does not take as much time as you believe and you are able to do it on your lunch hour.
Causes of Sleeplessness
So, why are you feeling so wore out? The human body requires around 8 hours of sleep each night. Most folks do not get that much, usually between 6 and 8. When you do not get adequate sleep, the body does not have time to repair itself in good order at night. This may contribute to irritability, increased stress and decreased productivity. It can likewise lower your life expectancy.
On the flip side, when you get too much rest, you accomplish the same thing. 9 or more hours of rest can leave you feeling exhausted even though you have just slept all night.
Benefits of a Nap
It’s widely accepted for kids but not for adults. We’re talking of a nap in the midst of the day. The fact is that after 8 hours of moving around, the body needs a pit stop. Adult bodies need one also. That’s where the power nap comes in.
Here are just a couple of benefits of taking a midday break:
* Increased productivity – When your body begins to wind down, your brain starts to shut down. It’s hard to keep working at your previous pace. Once energized after a nap, you will be able to perform just as well as you did when you 1st arrived at the office.
* Increased focus – we have discoursed the brain shutting down. It starts wandering around when we become tired. The words you need to finish that report are floating about in the aether just beyond your reach, particularly after lunch. That may change with a power nap.
* Less stress – When we’re tired, our fuses become shorter. We’re more likely to lash out at other people or overreact to a simple situation. To regain your composure and your level of wellbeing, a brief respite might be what you need.
The Ideal Power Nap
The ideal power nap is between fifteen and thirty minutes. Find a quiet place like your automobile or your office if you have a door. Turn the light down low to induce a sleep cycle. Close your eyes and unwind.
The best time to power nap is when you start to feel sleepy headed. You’re already relaxing. If you need to, set an alarm so that you do not oversleep.
Power napping is one way to re-energize your body halfway through your day. Maybe you cannot take a long nap like you did when you were a child, but you will be able to still catch some worthy Zs.
About The Author
Dee is an Adv. Certified Aromatherapist, Reiki Master, Adv. Color/Crystal Therapist, Herbalist, Dr. of Reflexology and single mom who is dedicated to helping others any way she can. One way she chooses to help is by offering information on the benefits and uses of natural health and healing methods for the well-being of both people and pets. Dee also teaches Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Color/Crystal Therapy at the Alternative Healing Academy