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How to Power Nap: Get More Done With Less Stress


Power napping has a lot of benefits if you know how to power nap correctly. This is especially true in today's hectic world where it is often times difficult to get a good night's sleep.

Benefits of Power Naps

Whenever you take a power nap, you will notice that you won't be left as groggy as you would be if you had taken a long nap. Instead, you will feel rejuvenated and refreshed, ready to take on the rest of your day's activities. Power naps will also help you to focus, as you won't find yourself giving into fatigue. This is because a power nap is more like meditation than sleep in that it allows your mind to relax and become uncluttered.

Where to Power Nap

Wherever you decide to take your power nap, the environment should be calm, quiet and relaxing. You might consider playing some soothing music in the background. After all, the main objective of power napping is to relax your mind. The best type of music for this is instrumental music, since studies have shown that it evokes a calming sensation. You also need to nap in a place with the appropriate, soothing lighting.

How to Power Nap

Once you have found an environment that is conducive to your power napping, and you are sure that you have 10 to 30 minutes of uninterrupted time available (you don't want to be disturbed during your nap), it is time to take your power nap. The power nap length is important because anything less than 10 minutes isn't going to be enough, but anything more than 30 minutes will make you feel groggy, give you a headache and simply do you more harm than good.

While you are power napping, it is important to make sure that you are lying on your back. This is a position that will allow you to be able to easily relax since your back will be perfectly aligned. Once you are in this position, you will want to allow your mind to wander free. It is also important for you to be aware of your breathing, because this will help you be able to relax better.

You may wish to set an alarm so that you will know when your power nap is over. However, it is important for the alarm to have a pleasant ring tone. You don't want to be startled. Instead, you want to simply open your eyes and lay back down for a minute or two until you are fully awake (before getting up).

As you can see, once you do learn how to power nap, you will be able to reap a lot of great benefits. However, it is important to make sure that you know how to do this correctly so that it will work for you.  In the end, power napping can enable you to get more done with less stress.

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