Day 10: Power napping boosts energy

Some say that power napping is the key to success. Many businesses have recognized the tremendous payback to their employees when time is allowed for Power Napping. You too can run and run like the Energizer Bunny!

If you want to be able to go and go and get the job done.... you really need to stop and rest. Busy people often find that taking twenty minutes to a half-hour rest during a busy day will provide them with three or more productive hours to accomplish their goals and objectives. Take off for a 15- to 20-minute nap. Set a timer so you can relax without worry.

Wired magazine offers these tips for successful power napping:

  • A survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that about 30 percent of people are allowed to sleep at work, and some employers even provide a place for employees to nap. If your place of employment isn't nap-friendly, consider taking a power-nap in your car.
  • Have caffeine right before you nap. This may sound counterintuitive since caffeine is a drug and a stimulant, but it won't kick in immediately. Caffeine has to travel through your gastro-intestinal tract, such that it can take up to 45 minutes to be absorbed. Taking a caffeine nap in which 200mg of caffeine are consumed right before a 20-minute nap will not only improve your performance, but it'll also lessen how sleepy you feel once you wake up.
  • Set an alarm to go off in 15-20 minutes.
  • Close the door, post a do-not-disturb sign, turn off the phone volume - shut out the business world for the duration of your nap.
  • Get up as soon as the alarm goes off. Sleeping for any longer than 20 minutes will be counterproductive.
  • Follow the nap with brief physical activity.

Interestingly, busy people who schedule time to relax tend to experience enhanced clarity, memory and inner calm, and express greater pleasure in their jobs. reports that power napping can improve learning, memory skills, analytical skills, and can provide an energy boost.


See the complete library of Workplace Fitness exercises.

You may like these other stories...

Every day, it's important to eliminate as much stress as possible. Here are some ideas for how you can de-stress during your workday. Idea 1: Start the day off right. Listen to your favorite music during your commute....
Today's workplace fitness break is geared toward providing quick mind benders you can use as breaks whenever you have a free moment or just need to cleanse your mind. Think of these as those little dishes of sherbet they...
Relaxation exercises will help you to ease tension and relieve headaches, backaches, and insomnia. They release the body's own painkillers, called endorphins, into your system. Relaxation techniques also help you gain a...

Upcoming CPE Webinars

Jul 16
Hand off work to others with finesse and success. Kristen Rampe, CPA will share how to ensure delegated work is properly handled from start to finish in this content-rich one hour webinar.
Jul 17
This webcast will cover the preparation of the statement of cash flows and focus on accounting and disclosure policies for other important issues described below.
Jul 23
We can’t deny a great divide exists between the expectations and workplace needs of Baby Boomers and Millennials. To create thriving organizational performance, we need to shift the way in which we groom future leaders.
Jul 24
In this presentation Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA revisits the Excel feature you should be using, but probably aren't. The Table feature offers the ability to both boost the integrity of your spreadsheets, but reduce maintenance as well.