How To Nap At Work
Try these tips to sleep on the job—and boost your productivity in the process
Originally By Holly C. Corbett
This time of the year is rough. With the cold weather and cloudy skies most find it tortuous to get out of bed in the morning. Instead of reaching for the caffeine, try taking a quick nap. Fact is, we can all use more sleep! according to National SLeep Foundation, one in 10 Americans say they are so tired they may fall asleep at inappropriate places and times, like at meetings or driving!
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Corbett says the following
Here’s where napping comes in. “A brief nap may provide greater alertness for several hours, and can improve attention, concentration, accuracy, and productivity,” says Dr. Neubauer. In other words, a sweet little catnap can make your afternoon a whole lot better. Here are Dr. Neubauer’s tips for sneaking in a well-deserved nap at work:
Location, location. Find a quiet spot or somewhere that feels private so you can relax. If you’re lucky enough to have your own office, close the door and stick a note on it that says “back in 15 minutes.” Or you can find a conference room that doesn’t have any meetings scheduled, stretch out in your car, or even put some earplugs in and lay your head on your desk.
Time it right. The trick to getting the most from your nap is all about when you do it. “Power naps should be relatively early so it doesn’t interfere with your ability to fall asleep at bedtime,” says Dr. Neubauer. For most of us, our inner body clocks start to make us feel drowsy between 1 and 4 pm, so aim to fit your nap in between those hours.
Set the scene. To make dozing off easier and quicker, bring something you associate with sleep to work with you, such as your favorite pillow, a lavender eye mask, fuzzy socks, or a relaxing soundtrack on your iPod.
Keep it short. The last thing you want is that groggy feeling you get when you wake up from a long, deep sleep. Your ideal catnap should be 10 to 20 minutes long; set your cell phone alarm so you don’t OD on zzz’s.
Hope this can help you during your day!