Do you take naps? Do you think that naps are only for the toddler and senior citizen crowd? Or do you have a secret nap routine too? I never intended to create a power nap routine. But it sort of just happened when I started college.
During my freshman year at college, my daily schedule often included studying well past midnight. Then I had to get up by 7:00 am to get to my 8:00 am classes. As a biology major I had morning classes and afternoon labs till 4:00 or 5:00 pm. Then I had field hockey practice followed by dinner and then it was time to study.
One early evening I came back to my dorm room exhausted. I decided to take a nap. As I lay down to sleep I told myself that I wanted to sleep for only 15 minutes. Somehow I fell asleep and woke up 15 minutes later. I felt refreshed and fired up to study till midnight.
From that day on I was able to take my 15 minute power naps and get energized for studying. To this day, I can still lay down for 15 minutes, fall asleep and wake up, without an alarm.
After doing a little research on sleep and naps, I discovered that a nap that lasts for 30 minutes or less is actually helpful and shouldn’t interfere with your night time sleep. A little break from our busy routines can refresh our bodies as well as our brains so we can return to work bright eyed and bushy tailed. Of course if your internal alarm clock isn’t reliable, set your watch or phone to wake you up after 15 or 20 minutes.
Let me know if you have a little power nap routine too!