Power napping

I discovered the benefits of power napping a good few years ago—thank goodness—and now a midday power nap is an indispensable part of my daily routine regardless of whether or not I slept well the night before. I invariably wake up from a power nap infused with energy and ready to tackle any task with enthusiasm.

Comedian Carrie Snow once said, “No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.”

She may be onto something. While we all know that we should be logging seven or eight hours of shut-eye each night for maximum health benefits, many of us fail to make sleep a priority. If you’ve clocked too little sleep, naps can be a lifesaver.

Napping offers quite a few benefits of its own. Science has shown that a short snooze can help you feel more alert, increase creativity, boost productivity, reduce stress and boost your mood. And if you can afford to nap for at least 60 minutes, it might help improve your memory and learning ability as well.

And power napping is the energy secret used by some pretty successful people both past and present.

Music is good for you

Most of us enjoy listening to music, and some of us enjoy playing one or more musical instruments. Music makes us feel good. But there’s more to it than that: music has beneficial effects on mind and body.

“Great music can transform an ordinary day into something magical, even spiritual. It can provide solace, release, strong sensations and more.”

And “Listening to classical music enhances the activity of genes involved in learning and memory, a new study finds.”

But—and it’s a big but—to derive such benefits from music you’ve got to be a genuine fan of music, for it’s not the music itself that works but rather your appreciation of it.