Nowadays, people spend more and more time in their offices as pressure at work becomes more and more overwhelming. Taking a short power nap of 20-30 minutes can help improve mood, alertness and performance. Here are some tips to help you take a successful nap on your lunch break.
Nap within the Optimum Hours
It is recommended to take a nap between 1 pm and 3 pm. Our blood sugar is dipping after lunching, then our focus is waning and we are beginning to feel less energetic. It is recommended to eat a healthy lunchtime meal. Then, take a short nap if possible.
Ration those Z’s
A short nap of 20-30 minutes is enough. Even if more zeds did correlate with more benefits, the average lunch break shouldn’t take more than one hour. To refresh and refocus you without interfering with your usual nightly routine or causing you to struggle to nod off come bedtime, you should limit your naps to a maximum of 30 minutes.
Retreat to Car
You can return to your car to nap if possible, your car seat not only makes you feel comfortable but also provides your spine with more support while napping. And, if you retreat to your cars, you are less likely to be disturbed by noise. You can easily make nod off if you are lying in a place separate from your office or work environment.
Do Not Disturb
If you don’t want to sleep, you had better sneak 20 minutes to rest and escape all the noise and technology. It will help to calm, relax and refresh your energy stores anyway in the long term.
Find Somewhere Quiet
It is recommended to find a quiet place. An empty conference or meeting room might provide solace for people who work in a communal or open office. If you work nearby their local library or gym, you can nod off in quiet rooms or lounges.
Put Mobile on Silent
During lunch breaks, many of us like send messages and post social media updates or call up friends or family for a quick chat, gossip or to remind a loved one we’re out of milk.
You are recommended to put your mobile on silent before taking a nap.
Drown Out the Outside World
Turing to white noise works for many people and is growing in popularity. You can listen to white noise via Youtube, or download white noise MP3s to your tablet or phone. You will be surprised at just how quickly and easily they enter the land of nod, although you might take a while to relax into this habit. If you get so relaxed you fail to wake after half an hour, your colleagues will wake you up.