Are you someone who feels a lot sleepy and can’t just resist sleeping in the afternoon too?
A power nap at work is found to be very useful for maintaining high productivity in work and study. Most of the schools and companies allow power nap at work.
A siesta is a short nap taken in the early afternoon, often after the midday meal.
Such a period of sleep is a common tradition in some countries, especially those where the climate is warm.
In the United States, the United Kingdom, and a growing number of other countries, this short sleep has been referred to as a "power nap", a term coined by Cornell University.
Well, there’s a reason behind why you feel drowsy in the afternoon.
You will be surprised to know that the time at which you have your meals has a direct relation with you feeling sleepy.
What research says about a power nap?
A scientific study revealed that we tend to feel drowsy when our body is in a state of relaxation during a particular period.
According to research, that period is from 2 pm to 4 pm; this is the time when our body is functioned to sleep. Also, our body attains a state of relaxation 30 minutes of post meals.
Do you find an analogy over here?
Let’s say that you have your lunch at 2 pm. Accordingly, your body would start relaxing after 30 minutes.
Also, from 2 pm to 4 pm is the time frame for your body to get sleep, and it’s nearly irresistible for you to avoid sleeping. There are high chances that you would end up sleeping.
Based on a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, about one-third of US adults typically take a nap every day.
This shouldn’t surprise you because many researchers believe that humans are diphasic sleepers i.e. the practice of sleeping during two periods for 24 hours.
Psychological benefits of a power nap
Although power napping is not bad, it can help you boost your productivity during work and study.
A study conducted by the University of Michigan, which compared the effects of taking a short nap and watching a nature documentary, the results showed that people who took a one-hour nap were less impulsive and less frustrated.
A study was conducted by Psychologists from the University of California on the effects of napping on our memory and learning.
They found out that a 60- to 90-minute nap has the same effect as a night of sleep on our learning process.
When I prepare for any exam, I usually take a power nap of 30 minutes after lunch.
A power nap for students is crucial for retaining information in memory. It helps you regain the focus in study.
I often put some music or binaural beats during a power nap. I try to not think about anything and just feel blank for that period, not to judge anyone and just be alone.
Scientists at the Saarland University in Germany have found that taking a 45 – 60-minute power nap can boost your memory five-fold.
Napping at work is part of Japanese culture, for them, falling asleep at work shows how exhausted from working hard you are.
Many schools in Taiwan and Mainland China have a fixed nap period after lunch in school which usually lasts for half an hour.
Sleep deprivation causes US industries to lose about $150 billion every year.
Since people experiencing sleep deprivation are less productive and tend to make more mistakes at work, employers can suffer great losses.
That’s probably one of the reasons they started introducing napping areas in their headquarters.
How to avoid sleep in afternoon?
While taking a power nap at work is as good as it seems but for some people, excessive sleep usually gets in their work and study.
1. Get proper nighttime sleep: getting proper sleep in the night will make you feel fresh and calm throughout the day.
Getting late out of the bed not only hamper your study and work but also affects your next sleep cycle.
2. Set you time for sleep: People who have issues regarding sleepiness are often advised to go to bed and get up at the same time every day, including on weekends too.
3. Modify your lunch schedule: It’s recommended that you have your lunch at noon. By doing so, your body would start relaxing by 12:30, but you won’t be feeling sleepy since it’s not a time frame for your body to get sleep as we saw earlier.
Later, if needed, you can have your snacks by 4 pm, which would again revitalize you.
The ideal power nap of 30-50 minutes long usually boosts us. We are not always supposed to work.
Taking rest for a while and then start working or studying again will lead us to be more productive and attentive at work.