Studies suggest a quick power nap can boost* your day’s performance, and the cumulative nature of sleep allows napping to make up for periods of potential sleep deprivation that may accompany crunch-times at work. In fact, some CEOs have attributed power-napping to much of their success.
In addition, napping assists with fitness plans. The reason is because muscles develop during sleep. A lack of proper sleep will hurt the level of muscle production that you are aiming for. It’s recommended a full-nights rest of over 7 hours to accompany intense weight-training. If you’re going on low sleep, a 2 or even 1 hour nap can add an extra bit of rest which may directly result in higher muscle growth.
The problem is, where can a guy take a nap? On the job is probably a bad idea, but a nap can make a great intermediary point in-between separate jobs or appointments—and especially helpful for guys who make their own schedules, whether they work at home or run their own businesses. If you have time-off between schedules, consider bringing a recliner to your office, locking your door, and killing the hour with some shut-eye.
On a personal note, one time during a particularly busy internship in college, I was afforded a 30-minute lunch break. Almost consistently my energy was low at this time of the day, so I’d typically pack my own lunch and eat it while crunching through work desk work. Then, for the lunch-break, I knew a quiet lounge where I’d sneak off to and sleep for 25 minutes. This simple nap almost consistently renewed me with energy for the rest of the day.
A napping could also be blended with a “time out” period for stress reduction. You may not be someone who immediately falls asleep at a moment’s notice, but quiet time with breathing exercises—and maybe one of those warm or cold gel pads around the eyes—can help you settle down after a particularly stressful day, and help you return to work with a clearer head and less nonsense bogging your mind.
By incorporating naps into your schedule, you may find renewed energy and the ability to get more done even when your sleep was minimal the night prior. Just one final note: if you’re consistently waking up from a nap and feeling worse, it means your glucose levels are too low, and you’re carb-crashing. Replace your lunch-breaks with higher-fiber options with less dough—and you’ll eliminate post-nap drowsiness.