Feeling rundown before the end of your workday? A power nap might be the ticket. Writer Melanie Pinola, in a current feature for the Lifehacker Web site, covered the benefits that short naps can have for workers struggling to make it through the workday. You might be able to utilize Pinola’s research to argue for your very own workday snoozes.
10 to 20 Minutes
Sometimes a short nap will do wonders for your mind. Pinola writes that a quick nap of just 10 to 20 minutes makes you more alert and focused.
The Wrong Choice
Conversely, a 30-minute nap could cause more bad than good. That’s because you’ll wake up from a nap of this length still groggy. You’ll find it difficult to focus. And the sluggishness could last for another 30 minutes.
The Best Choice?
The ideal nap period might really be 60 minutes. Pinola said that a nap of this length would considerably boost your energy and brainpower. It may not be easy, though, to persuade your boss that those 60 minutes spent with your eyes closed were in fact productive.