We’ve all gone through the Monday grind, except when we are away holidaying. If you have to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, it could mean more than lack of motivation. Yes, it could be lack of sleep or sleep-deprivation that you are suffering from.
A survey by the Pew Research Center suggests that close to two-thirds of us aren’t taking the time to rejuvenate.
You may have seen your colleagues nap at work and wake up, only to get back to work with what seems to be an increased fervor. Your friends may have also sent you an instant message while you’re busy trying to comprehend the new project, about how they just woke up from a nap at work. Maybe that seems unnatural to you. Trust us, it’s not.
In fact, studies suggest naps improve cognitive function, memory and focus. A study in Greece revealed that people who could take three half-an-hour naps per week stand a lesser chance of heart attack by 37 percent. The reason? Naps cut down on stress to the heart. Researchers also suggest that 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. is the prime napping time.
Does that ring a bell? Most of us complain of our eyes shutting, blaming it on a heavy lunch. It may not be a bad idea to think through a nap schedule during these hours or for that matter any time of the day to be at our productive best. It may be useful to note though that a nap later than 4:00 in the evening could interfere with your body’s natural rhythms, keeping you from a good night’s sleep.
A power nap could be as short as 10 minutes, and isn’t it easier to sneak it into your day! Also, a 10-minute nap is considered as productive as a 20- or 30-minute one. So try out what works for you. Turn on your alarm so you avoid oversleeping and miss out on work as a consequence.
Choose a darker meeting room or cabin with a comfortable temperature to nap when you’re feeling groggy during the day. Oh and it’s interesting how research says popcorn before a nap could help you nap better, thanks to the serotonin. Maybe that’s the reason we sleep well after a bedtime movie and popcorn break.
Naps being good for productivity and for compensating for last night’s troubled sleep isn’t fresh news. Past studies have also stressed on the power of a snooze. However, in the past couple of years, companies have warmed up to the idea of letting their employees sleep on the job – The Huffington Post, Google and Ben & Jerry’s among others have come up with the concept of nap rooms or sleep pods. Considering most companies offer travel opportunities for certain roles, a jet-lagged employee can definitely make use of the pod.
If it hasn’t hit home yet, a NASA study says a quick nap of 26 minutes can boost productivity by as much as 34 percent—oh and increase alertness by as much as 54 percent. Nap trial today?