Your Other 8 Hours, Tribune Media Services
I'm the least likely person to recommend naps. I've never been a napper.
I've never understood why someone would want to sleep in the middle of
the day. To me, it seems counterproductive, lazy and maybe even a little
un-American. "Why sleep when I could be working, reading, writing or
exercising?" I would ask myself. It turns out, a power nap, done
correctly, can help you become more productive, creative and help you
get more done. Now that's nearly as wholesome as baseball, apple pie and
the national anthem.
The research clearly shows that power naps can be good for your health
and for business. A short power nap can restore wakefulness, help
memory, improve cognitive performance, combat fatigue, decrease response
times, improve motivation and do wonders if you have a sleep deficit
(i.e., you were in Vegas over the weekend). In short, sleep -- even a
brief nap as short as five or ten minutes -- can clear your mind and
restore your body to allow you to perform better.