Feeling rundown before the end of your workday? A power nap might be the ticket. Writer Melanie Pinola, in a recent feature for the Lifehacker Web site, covered the benefits that short naps can have for workers struggling to get through the workday. You might be able to utilize Pinola’s research to argue for your own workday snoozes.
A Short One
Sometimes a short nap will do wonders for your mind. Pinola writes that a quick nap of just 10 to 20 minutes can make you more alert and focused.
The Wrong Choice
Conversely, a 30-minute nap could cause more bad than good. That’s mainly because you’ll awaken from a nap of this length still groggy. You’ll struggle to focus. And the feeling could last for another 30 minutes.
Longer but Powerful
The ideal nap period might actually be 60 minutes. Pinola said that a nap of this length would dramatically boost your energy and brainpower. It may not be easy, though, to convince your boss that those 60 minutes put in with your eyes closed were in fact productive.