Chicago Tribune columnist Robert Pagliarini penned a great article published on the newspaper’s website that we can wholeheartedly recommend. He says he recently learned the power of the Power Nap, and put together a list of six ways to make it work for you. Here’s a sampling, but be sure to read the entire article for more details:
- Make it dark: You normally sleep in the dark, so making it dark during the day will help you sleep better.
- Make it quiet: The daytime is not a normal time to sleep, so you’ll need as much help as possible.
- Make it short: Napping for an hour or two will actually be counterproductive. Stick to 15 to 20 minutes.
- Quiet your mind: This is difficult, but clear your mind of all unnecessary thoughts.
- Eliminate the guilt: Hard workers think a power nap is counterproductive. On the contrary, it will help you be MORE productive!
- Use caffeine for an extra boost: This sounds wrong, but if you drink some caffeine right before napping, it won’t kick in until after you wake up.
Mr. Pagliarini wraps up the column by reminding you to wipe the drool off of your chin when you’re done with your nap.