Napping emerged as a hot topic for leaders seeking Jedi-like performance in the business world for good cause – turns out power napping is a powerful way to restore the mind, boost the immune system and refresh perspective.
And nappers are in good company: Ben Franklin, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Napoleon, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and countless other leaders and world changers valued the restorative power of the afternoon nap.
Now Google, Apple and other dot-coms are encouraging their employees to take naps as a way to boost productivity. Mike Volpe, past CMO of Hubspot, states "rather than trying to slog through the day, which can lead to errors in judgment and a decline in productivity, we have found allowing employees to have a rest can help make the day much more productive."
HOW TO TAKE A POWER NAP?
As luck would have it, I am a Jedi Master power-napper. The Obi-Wan of Shuteye, the Yoda of Snooze. Several years ago, I worked for a large corporation that required me to travel. Working long hours, I often needed a quick twenty to re-charge my batteries to be on-point for my clients and teammates. I can nap anywhere and at the drop of a hat.
Here are my top tips for Powering Down like Yoda in the Land of Nod:
- Find a spot where you feel safe, private and it’s dark. Set an alarm.
- Take a slow start breathing in and out loudly at first, then quiet and even, then close your eyes, then give yourself permission to drift off.
- Keep it to 20 minutes. Any longer and you’ll go too far in and won’t wake up feeling refreshed.
Enjoy a little power down time this Season. And if someone catches you taking a snooze at the family holiday party, just tell them you were improving your company.
Have a great holiday break and we’ll see you in the New Year!
2011 March. Brett and Kate McKay, The Art of Manliness, The Napping Habits of 8 Famous Men
2013 August. Lisa Evans, Entrepreneur.com, Why you should let your employees nap at work. http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236755