The Quest for Rest:
Power Napping for Better Living
Restore your energy with a healthy power
Most people experience drowsiness during the day. But, not everyone lets it affect them. Here’s how to take
advantage of the power nap to restore energy and live a healthier life.
Planned napping is napping that takes place at regular intervals, planned for the day. For example, you could
plan out a power nap at 3PM, right when your energy starts to decline. A quick nap could rejuvenate you for the
rest of the day without interfering with bedtime.
Unplanned napping is when you take spontaneous naps throughout the day. This is sometimes more beneficial than
planned napping because you can adjust your nap schedule to how you feel throughout the day. An unplanned nap can
quickly “recharge your batteries” so that you can go on with your day and be productive.
|A quick power nap will "recharge your batteries'"and make you feel fresh and
without any disruption to your normal sleep pattern.
Time Restrictions and
Follow these tips to make the most of your quick nap:
» Keep it short
Keep your nap short. A quick 20 to 30
minute nap is all you should need to feel re-energized. If you’re still tired after that, you may be suffering from
sleep deprivation. Focus on getting more sleep at night.
» Don't overdo it
If you sleep longer than 30 minutes, you may
actually start shutting down for the rest of the day, so don’t overdo it. You could end up being a zombie until
bedtime, when your body then gets a “second wind,” making it hard to get to sleep.
» Elevate your feet
Find a comfortable place that’s quiet and
free of distractions, elevate your feet above your head, and relax into a nap.
» It helps circulation
Elevating the feet helps your
circulation, and you’ll be surprised how much this will help you feel more awake when you’re done with the nap.
» Find soothing sounds
Turn on soothing sounds to help relax
you, and try not to nap after 4PM. Ideally, you’ll nap between noon and 3PM.
» Don't nap after 4PM
If you nap after 4PM, you may find it
difficult to get to sleep at night, which will disrupt your circadian rhythm - your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle
that’s controlled by hormones like cortisol and melatonin.
If you drive between dusk and dawn, your risk of getting into a car accident is significantly increased. In the
wintertime, when the sun goes down early, you’re also at an increased risk. Vancouver personal injury lawyers, like
Watson Goepel often see these cases where drivers are involved in accidents because they are tired
after a long day’s work, are distracted by electronic gadgets in the car, or are not fully awake or focused on
Taking a power nap during the day can help minimize the distracted driving, keep you more focused, reduce
drowsiness, and help keep you and other safe on the road.
It can also make you more productive during the day. When you’re sleepy, you can’t focus on the task at hand. If
you work in a field where creativity and mental focus are essential to your work, sleep deprivation makes you
Fix your sleep, and watch your productivity improve with a side-effect of living a healthier, safer, life.
About the author
Lisa Belville is a dietician and mom of three. Whenever she has the time, she likes to
write about ways to live life better. You can find her articles on many websites and blog sites