“Figure out what to do, then take a nap.”
― Adam Carolla
Power naps are a simple and effective way to boost your performance.
That’s right. Sleeping — in the middle of the day — can help you be more productive. Power naps can help you increase alertness, improve memory, speed up learning, reduce stress and anxiety, and enhance creativity.
I’m not saying a nap should replace a good night’s sleep. No amount of napping will fix poor sleep habits. I’m also not saying you should take a two-hour siesta every day. Keep it short.
So, here are a couple of pro tips for power naps:
- Power naps need to be short. I recommend 10-15 minutes.
- Set an alarm. A 10-minute timer on your phone is perfect.
- Try to block out any light. I prefer to use a sleep mask.
- Avoid noise. Use quality earplugs if necessary.
Try it and see what works for you. A little boost can go a long way.