Napping

Stress Relief Tool – Take a Power Nap

If you find yourself dozing off at work in the afternoon, take a power nap rather than potentially making mistakes that will bring you stress later.

We all know the importance of getting good sleep. Well, when things don’t go according to plan, we sometimes cannot get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night. On those occasions, taking a power nap might help with your stress level.

A clinical study found that people who stay awake throughout the day become progressively more sensitive to negative emotions. In contrast, those who take an afternoon nap are de-sensitized to negative emotions yet more responsive to positive ones.1 No wonder many high-tech companies offer sleeping pods and quiet rooms for their employees.

While the study gave participants the opportunity for 90 minutes of sleep, most sleep experts agree that if you want to have a quick jolt of alertness, vigor, and/or decrease fatigue, take a 10- to 20-minute nap.2

If you find yourself dozing off at work in the afternoon, rather than potentially making mistakes that will bring you stress later, do the following: find a quiet room. Set your alarm timer for 20 minutes, sit or lie down and close your eyes. Breathe deeply in and out until you fall asleep. When the alarm sounds, give yourself another minute or two to fully wake up before returning to your work.

 

  1. Jarrett, C. – An Afternoon Nap Tunes Out Negative Emotions, Tunes In Positive Ones
  2. Van Edwards, V. – The Science of Napping: Ideal Nap Lengths and the Perfect Time

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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