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The Best "Power Nap" Energy Boost and Time Saving Technique Ever
Here are things you'll need before taking your ultimate power nap:
- An energy drink (cup of coffee, 5 Hour Energy, etc.)
- A nice place to lay your head down (break room, office, car, etc.)
- 15 - 20 minutes of time (break time, end of lunch, lunch, etc.)
It's that special time of day when you're sapped of energy and it's break time. The perfect time for power napping has arrived. Find a nice spot, perhaps a break room, your car or even a picnic table. A place that provides a good deal of quiet and a seat. It doesn't have to be "library quiet", but, a place that you might not be disturbed for a bit.
You can either sit or if you're lucky enough to lie down, do that.
Before You Nod Off
With your comfortable spot claimed, let's get to the napping! Before you lay your head down to partially sleep, guzzle down your chosen energy drink ( be it coffee, Red Bull, etc. ).
"Wait, what?", you might be saying. While it's true that an energy drink will give you a boost on it's own, it's not quite as effective as when coupled with a quick nap.
As it turns out, it takes a good 10 to 20 minutes for the caffeine to really work it's magic.
Sweet, sweet sleep
Sleeping for a short period of time or "napping" is a great way to recoup, in a somewhat tangible way, some of that, oh so precious lost energy. Though, don't over stay your welcome in the land of nod. Sleeping too long, especially when delving into "R.E.M" levels of sleep can be disorienting and make you more tired. The trick is to wake just before entering a deeper sleep.
At the end of your 10 to 20 minute run in dream land, you will awaken refreshed and rested. This feeling is due, in large part, to pulling a ruse on your own body. The short power nap, coupled with the energy drink, feels a lot like a restful 2 hour sleep...only crammed into 10 to 20 minutes.
So, next time, you find yourself on the tail end of a noontime energy drag, take some time and pep up. A good power nap can do wonders.