These days, it’s commonly heard about fatigue at work. Nobody escapes from the exhausting working days. Thus, often, we see people falling sleep over their desks or with a tired look on their faces. Taking a little nap might be the solution to that problem. Several studies said that power naps at work improve the productivity of employees.
Actually, who can say no to an activity that’ll make us better at work in exchange for a few minutes of rest? Power naps have a lot of potential benefits if we try to use them instead of resisting tiredness. Besides, it provides improvements in health and state of mind. However, we must know bits of advice to do this activity right and take a perfect and encouraging power nap.
What is a Power Nap?
According to most of the dictionary definitions, power naps are a short sleep during the day for the purpose of working more effectively for the rest of the day. There even is a Japanese word for power naps, called “Inemuri” (it means sleeping while present). Nevertheless, there’s a taboo about sleeping at work. The majority of people think that napping equals laziness or low productivity. There are many studies, though, even products (like the EnergyPod), which care about the benefits of power naps and support them.
What Are the Benefits of Power Naps at Work?
There are a lot of benefits that we can receive from taking naps. For example, Dr. Mednick, the author of “Take a Nap! Change your Life” (2006), said that any nap can help with memorization and learning. Also, they improve alertness, concentration, creativity, accuracy and keep you in a good mood all day long. We recommend looking for a space in the day to take a nap, instead of drinking an afternoon coffee or surfing on the internet, because naps are healthier. In fact, if workers stay sleep-deprived, they could end up having several health issues, like diabetes, hypertension, and depression.
Tips for Having a Perfect Power Nap
A good power nap must contain a perfect mix of the right location and timing. We recommend sleeping for no more than 20 minutes. If we take a nap for longer than that, we might wake up groggier than before. We must find a quiet place too, which can be tricky if we don’t have a private office or a car. Bathrooms or desks could be the solution but falling asleep may not be that simple. To this end, we suggest getting some probs that can help us fall asleep, like relaxing music, a neck pillow or an eye mask.