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How a Nap Will Change Your Life

Bulldog Napping How a Nap Will Change Your Life

Do you get most of your work done in the early morning?  I feel like I get the best work I do in the morning.  I thought at first that I was just less distracted once our home is going full speed.  I’m not so sure that’s the case now.

I’ve never been the kind of guy who could take naps.  I had insomnia for years when I was in the Navy but I was ultimately able to take care of it with a steady routine.  If you want to know more about beating insomnia check out my post on.  How to Get a Full Night of Restful Sleep.  But naps are still a new beast for me.  If I try it takes me more than a few minutes to get to sleep and if I get to sleep I can’t get back up for hours.

Lately a lot of my posts focus on improving energy levels.  This one is no different.  If you’re planning a wedding having extra energy will help.  I love how much more productive I am now that I’ve taken these tips to heart.  So to build on that I’ve found some tips on how to nap to improve your productivity.

Dispelling the False Impression

I think a lot of people might want to push the myth that people who take naps are lazy.  So I actually did some research and found that some of the most productive people in history were nappers.  These include Leonardo DaVinci, Napoleon, Nicola Tesla, Thomas Edison, and Eleanor Roosevelt.  So it’s important to keep in mind that the purpose is to find out what helps you get the most done in a day.  If it doesn’t work for you then I suggest writing it off as a learning experience.

dog sleeping on the bad on his backHow to Increase Productivity with a Naps

20 Minutes

The sweet spot for a nap is 20 minutes, if you nap too long you’ll get into deeper rem sleep and coming out of those cycles can leave you groggy.  Make sure you set an alarm for 20 minutes plus however long it takes you to nod off.

Middle of the Day

IF you’re within 6 hours of bedtime you should probably forget about napping that day.  Taking a nap too late in the day might make it harder to get to sleep.

Don’t get fired

Most people have an hour lunch break, you could take half the time to eat and the other half to take a nap.  But don’t be napping when someone is paying you to work.

Relaxation Techniques

I’ve read a lot of books that recommend focusing on parts of your body and relaxing, controlling your berating and lowering your body temperature slightly.  This type of active relaxation works for some people.  But it’s best if you know your body.  I’d hate to assume my experience is like everyone else’s.

Control the Light

Your body responds biologically to the light levels of the room.  Try to take a nap in darker lighting and turn lights on to help wake yourself back up after a nap.

Thank You

Hopefully these tips are helpful to you guys.  I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments.  Does napping ever help you get more done in a day?