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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Power Naps Good for Your Healh and Work

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.