One of my favorite podcasts, if not my favorite podcast, Tiny Leaps Big Changes (hosted by Gregg Clunis,) released an episode about Power Napping and how to leverage naps in your daily life.
I love naps. I love sleeping, but I never took naps unless I was dead tired because they interfered with my day, my plans, and I didn't feel on top of my game afterward. Thanks to Gregg's podcast, that's no longer the case.
He talked about leveraging naps to make our days more productive. He covered the science behind sleep and our REM cycle and broke different lengths of naps down into what they're most productive for.
20 Minute Power Nap
Good for: alertness & motor learning skills like typing and playing the piano.
30-60 Minute Power Nap
Good for: decision-making skills, such as memorizing vocabulary or recalling directions.
60-90 Minute Power Nap
REM sleep! It plays a key role in making new connections in the brain and solving creative problems.
I figured it couldn't hurt to test it out. I started taking occasional naps that lasted 30 minutes to an hour, and the results were awesome. I was able to strategically plan to take a nap before I had to put my nose to the grindstone and get work done. After taking the nap, I felt so much more mentally sharp and energized.
Just today, I was incredibly groggy and tired around midday, but I had a lot of work I needed to complete, so I took an hour nap, and here I am churning out my work.
Previously, I had been taking naps lackadaisically and sleeping for too long, not caring or paying attention to how long I slept. This resulted in grogginess and an unmotivated mentality.
Moderation is key!