Americans typically don’t schedule an afternoon siesta, although many would like to. It may not be practical every day, but there are times when a power nap can help combat sleep deprivation.
What is a Power Nap? A power nap is defined as a short sleep during the day. The nap length will determine how many stages of sleep are cycled through. For example, a short power nap that is less than 20 minutes will only take you through stages 1 & 2 of sleep. This should be easy to wake from. A nap that is around 90 minutes long will help with memory processing but depending on the portion of the cycle you wake from, it may make you feel more exhausted because this is a deep sleep cycle.
Power Nap or Caffeine? When you are exhausted but you aren’t sure if you should take a short power nap or drink a cup of joe, perhaps you should do both. Studies have shown for best performance after exhaustion, a short power nap followed by a cup of caffeine can help you feel and perform better.
Benefits of a Power Nap There are many benefits to a power nap. Besides feeling refreshed and energized you can help your body with the following:
- Alertness & Memory Prevent
- Stress Increase Motor
- Performance Energy Boosts Help
- Lower Risk of Heart Disease