The Benefits and Dangers of Napping During Your Work Day

You know that feeling right after lunch or in the early afternoon business hours. The one that has you staring blankly at your computer screen or even pinching yourself in an effort to try and stay awake.

Tiredness. Exhaustion. Ugh. You wish you could just take a nap.

Well, you may know that in the past several years that the science of sleeping is on your side and has proven that taking short “power naps” can offer you (and your resulting business task list) some very real benefits.

But are there any dangers to taking power naps during your work day?

The Business Benefits of Power Napping

The benefits of napping have been proven many times over.

Napping can…

  • Make up for insomnia
  • Relax a stressed mind and body
  • Make you more productive

That 3rd point is what I really want to drive home to you in regard to your business.

You know how much goes into running your own business and how much work it can be to make sure you get all of your daily tasks complete. If your mind and body are tired, whether from stress or simple lack of sleep, your business is affected.

Do yourself a favor and take 20-30 minutes out of your day to enjoy one of the types of naps below.

3 Types of Napping

  • Planned napping (also called preparatory napping) involves taking a nap before you actually get sleepy. You may use this technique when you know that you will be up later than your normal bed time or as a mechanism to ward off getting tired earlier.
  • Emergency napping occurs when you are suddenly very tired and cannot continue with the activity you were originally engaged in. This type of nap can be used to combat drowsy driving or fatigue while using heavy and dangerous machinery.
  • Habitual napping is practiced when a person takes a nap at the same time each day. Young children may fall asleep at about the same time each afternoon or an adult might take a short nap after lunch each day.

Source: sleepfoundation.org

The Dangers of Napping During the Day

For all the benefits of taking daily power naps, there are also a couple of things to watch out for when closing your eyes in prep to get refreshed.

Don’t Sleep Too Long

The recommended length of a power nap in order to see the best benefit is between 10-30 minutes. In fact, NASA sleep researchers found that the “sweet spot” was 26 minutes and boosted performance by a whopping 37%.

Any longer than that and you’re likely to go into a deeper sleeping state and will experience “sleep inertia” when waking, causing you to feel even more groggy and sluggish than you felt before closing your eyes.

If Naps Affect Your Nighttime Sleep, Consider Stopping

For all the benefits of napping during your business day, it just may not be the right move for you as an individual.

If you have tried power napping and find that your nighttime sleep schedule is suffering, then it’s probably best to adjust your power napping times or to stop completely.

Whatever you decide, experimenting with daytime napping can benefit your business. You’ll either be more refreshed and alert during your work day or you’ll find that you are one of the lucky few who always get a solid nights rest.

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