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The ‘Power’ Nap

It’s that time of year when it gets dark earlier. I like fall, but I can’t stand that it gets darker earlier. I find myself getting sleepy in the early evening. Not good. I know I’m not alone. We’ve all been there.

Let’s talk about how we can overcome this sluggish-lack-of-energy feeling by re-energizing with a ‘Power’ Nap. I like to take my ‘Power’ Nap after my ‘Power’ Hour depending on my schedule that day. ‘Power’ Naps are amazing because it’s just enough time to relax without falling into a deep sleep.

Let’s get started!

How to take The ‘Power’ Nap:

1. Set a timer: A ‘Power’ nap is 20 minutes or less. Anything over 20 minutes makes it harder to get up. We’ve all been there — hitting the snooze button and waking up an hour later.

2. Make sure your alarm is loud enough for you to hear it and far away enough that you have to get up to get it: When you alarm is close by you will more likely hit snooze. Instead get up to turn your alarm off. This will wake you up.

3. Find a good place to nap: This is tricky depending on your location. You want to find an appropriate quiet place. You don’t want your boss to walk in while you are napping.

4. Think about relaxing things: When I take power naps I mediate and close my eyes so that I feel relaxed. This helps me unwind and make the most of my ‘Power’ Nap. The point of a ‘Power’ nap is not to sleep, but to help you re-energize so you can be more productive.

5. Get up and go: When your alarm goes off get up. (Don’t hit snooze!) Drink a cup of cold water to wake you up. Now you are ready to go back to work!


Do you take ‘Power’ Naps? If so, do you find them helpful? Comment below.


One thought on “The ‘Power’ Nap

  1. I have a very irregular schedule, but I have the luxury of being my own boss. So yes, I do take power-naps if there are no appointments with clients scheduled – especially if the days before had been quite intense.

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