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.