Power Nap Helps at Work

Lacking rest? Its been a long week, between the hours you spend at home with the family, to the overtime that you have been putting in at work. You are tired, and drained, you just need a little power nap to get you through the day...so go ahead. Take your break. Close your office door, or go to your car. Throw your feet up on your desk, close your eyes, and nap. Its not a crime. It actually feels great.


> So you get your first little break of the day...eat your lunch a little earlier than the normal time to shave off some extra "nap time". Instead of hitting the lunch rush, take 15 minutes to yourself and have the bite to eat that you have been craving all morning since you missed breakfast!

> LUNCHTIME. Typical Americans get 30 minutes to 1 hour for lunch. USE IT TO NAP! You can do this right at your desk, on a park bench, in your car, or anywhere you can find a small bit of peace. I recommend doing this mid afternoon as a "pick-me-up". Just take 25 minutes, set an alarm on your cell phone or in your office. This is your time to relax. Close your eyes and clear your mind. It's better than running off for the extra cup of coffee, or that smoke break. Take the last 5 minutes to refresh yourself. Stretch, have a quick glass of water, pop in a mint...and enjoy the rest of your day. This will increase your productivity.

> Taking a nap during the lunch hour will decrease your urge for a nap when you get home. This is when we make dinner, help the kids with home work, chit chat with the spouse about how much we hate our jobs, etc. You will feel great and more energized!


> Less stress.
> Increased alertness and productivity.
> Improved memory and learning.
> Good for the heart.
> Increased cognitive functioning.
> Get motivated to exercise.
> Boost your creativity.
> Make up for midnight tossing and turning.
> Protects yourself from sleepiness.
> Better health.

How long is a good nap?

>THE NANO-NAP: 10 to 20 seconds. Sleep studies haven’t yet concluded whether there are benefits to these brief intervals, like when you nod off on someone’s shoulder on the train.

>THE MICRO-NAP: two to five minutes. Shown to be surprisingly effective at shedding sleepiness.

>THE MINI-NAP: five to 20 minutes. Increases alertness, stamina, motor learning, and motor performance.

>THE ORIGINAL POWER NAP: 20 minutes. Includes the benefits of the micro and the mini, but additionally improves muscle memory and clears the brain of useless built-up information, which helps with long-term memory (remembering facts, events, and names).

>THE LAZY MAN’S NAP: 50 to 90 minutes. Includes slow-wave plus REM sleep; good for improving perceptual processing; also when the system is flooded with human growth hormone, great for repairing bones and muscles.

Contrary to popular opinion, napping isn’t for the lazy or depressed. Famous nappers have included Bill Clinton, Lance Armstrong, Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison. The moral of the story: to be ultra-productive, just rest your head. You snooze, you gain. Give it a try for yourself and see if you aren’t amazed at the results!

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