The Power of the Power-Nap

Sometimes no matter how many different tricks you try, you just can’t seem to fall asleep at night; to achieve that deep, restful sleep that recharges your batteries. As frustrating as it can be staring up at the ceiling waiting to fall asleep, where you really feel it is the next day. For those of us who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea, being tired during the day is nothing new, and there’s no doubt that you’ve tried a handful of things to cope with daytime grogginess. Perhaps you’ve tried eating some complex carbohydrates to give you an extra boost or you’ve just been reaching for the coffee mug every couple minutes. Both may work for some people, but for those of you who have yet to find a solution that works for you the answer may be more obvious than you thought – nap!

Often times people avoid napping during the day because they feel that it is a waste of time, and perhaps it will make them even sleepier than before. Both these claims are accurate when talking about long naps, but believe it or not, taking 20-30 minute “power-naps” is a great way to jumpstart your brain! Taking a 30-minute nap has been proven to improve productivity and alertness throughout the remainder of the day. Think of it as an investment of your time: spending 30-minutes on an activity that will noticeably improve both your work productivity and your attitude – it’s tough to argue that it’s a bad use of time.

Even the National Sleep Foundation is a proud supporter of naps! They have some great research and information you can read about here.