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  • Writer's pictureTravis Parry

Take a Power Nap to Increase Productivity

Updated: Apr 18, 2022

How does sleeping on the job help with productivity?

There are times when you are zapped and your eyes are done with Zoom meetings and you need a quick pick-me-up.

Before you grab a carbonated drink or worse, consider taking a power nap.

Watch the video for more!


Today's tip actually has everything to do with sleep. But it's not what you think, because normally, when we're talking about sleep, you're thinking, "evening", and you're thinking, "going to sleep, getting that deep REM sleep". Well today's tip is actually about sleeping on the job. Yes, it's actually true.

If you take a power nap, not a 2-hour siesta, but a quick power nap for 10 to 15 minutes, it's actually proven to help you be more productive and to have more energy and vitality than if you didn't take one. I'll tell you why.

When you're feeling overwhelmed and you're really stressed, it's often because you're letting your body run down a little bit. Now, power naps don't replace that seven to eight hours of sleep that you need to get at night to keep that circadian rhythm in motion. But what it does do is that it allows you to step away for a minute from Zoom meetings and the screens and the fatigue that your eyes are exposed to.

I use computer glasses with blue lens, and this help my eyes. But even then, Zoom fatigue is a real thing. So I suggest that when you're feeling fatigued, and when you're feeling overwhelmed, take a quick 5 to 10 minute power nap. Now you can set an alarm, either on your watch, on your phone, or on your computer, or have somebody knock on your door lightly and wake you up after 10 minutes. What you don't want to do is take a nap for 30 or 45 minutes, because you'll actually wake up sluggish. You'll wake up not feeling rested at all, because what your mind is trying to do is get to that deep sleep, and you've gotten really close to it. It's almost like giving candy to a kid and then taking it away right at the last moment. It causes all sorts of problems. So don't do that to your body.

Give yourself a power nap for 10 to 15 minutes maximum when you're feeling overwhelmed and majorly fatigue, especially in light of Zoom fatigue in these days. So that's my tip for today. Let me know what you think about that.

Live Life on Purpose,

Travis Parry

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