There are people who can sleep anytime anywhere in any situation. I know someone who can even sleep in the lift. No, I am not kidding! That’s the art, that’s the talent in a few of the special guys who know how to control their body and senses.
Power Napping, also known as cat nap, Micro-nap, Ultra-nap or Metro-nap is something you should master to immune your mental health. A power nap can not only benefit mental health but also can expand mood and memory elasticity, improve physical well-being, sharpen and re-energize your senses organs. Let’s get into details!
What is Power Napping?
Expert says that a normal human body needs at least 7-9 hours of sleep however there are people who just sleep for 4-5 hours a day and take power naps in the afternoon that fulfills their need for a sleeping disorder. If you experience drowsiness in the afternoon, that means your body and mind still require some rest. If you do not sleep in the day time, the deficiency may hamper your physical and mental wellbeing. The importance of power napping is as equal as having coffee breaks or exercise. A Mid-day sleep or power nap allows you better reaction time, increased learning and understanding capabilities, less stress, more patience, and better health.
The need for short sleep (Naps) to overcome the deficiency of sleep at night is called powernap. Don’t just rely on Caffeine, a quick power nap can also boost your memory, energy level, and creativity. To overcome sleep deprivation, either you can go for 15-20 minutes of powernap or you can keep on pumping supplements to compensate for your incomplete sleep at night.
Can’t Take Power Nap?
If you are unable to take a power nap, don’t get disheartened. It takes a lot of practice to master the skill of power napping and a day will come when you will be able to take a nap within the first 5 minutes of your darkness.
Every failed nap is not harmful as it takes lesser time to recover from a nap and you are still energetic. You should not worry about judgments or what people will think about it. Your nap, your body, your mind, your productivity, nobody is going to help you with that. If you meet your targets even after taking a power nap, you are still a winner and far better than them.
Power Napping Tips
You might not be aware that a power nap helps you recover stress and keeps you away from heart disease. There are a few tips that you should keep in mind while practicing powernap.
Stay Consistent – Maintain a schedule of your powernap.
Prime Time – As per researches, the prime time of power nap is between 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
It Should be Quick – If you don’t want to wake up sleepy, it is advised to set up an alarm for 20 minutes. Those who don’t know how long should one sleep, let me tell you, there is no such rule. It totally depends on your physical and mental state.
Go Dark Mode – Use an eye mask or take a nap in the dark. You may also try your head in folded arms to catch sleep faster.
Not Tired? Don’t Nap – If you are not dozing off, don’t choose a power nap, rather go for a 15-20 minutes’ walk. That will regulate your digestive system, blood circulation and will fill you with energy.
Stay Away from Distraction – Everybody has a different sleeping pattern. Some sleep with earplugged music while others know how to meditate and sleep within 5 minutes. Just do it your way.
Relax but Don’t be Comfortable – We nap to relax our eyes, mind, body, and soul but if we are too comfortable, it becomes difficult to come out of that comfort zone.
Don’t Nap Close to Bedtime – If it is less than 3-4 hours in your bedtime avoid powernap. If you do so, you will have a hard time sleeping at night. You can take the help of coffee or activity to avoid nap.
Always plan for 15-20 minutes to recover from a power nap if it is not successful. Even caffeine takes around 20 minutes to boost up your energy. There are people who carry the misconception that power napping is for lazy people. A power nap is not for old people or kids only, those who work hard or let’s say work continuously, also require a power nap.
Power napping has various benefits and it’s an art of state that can restore alertness, enhance performance and energize your mental health to give its best. It is nothing new, it has been trending since years ago. That is how the concept of breaks was invented in the first era of industrialization.
If you stop thinking about what others will think, you can take a power nap anywhere and whenever you want. Taking a nap in the car, restaurant, park bench, work desk or anywhere you feel you can be comfortable with. Regain your energy level and boost up your productivity with this essential exercise.