Sleeping On the Job

Sleeping On the Job

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Did you know naps are more effective than caffeine? Napping refreshes the mind, improves creativity and alertness, boosts intelligence, makes all-day learning possible, and increases brain capacity and memory.

Naps are so effective even Google and Apple are allowing employees to have a quick snooze. What’s more, it even helps you live a better life by reducing stress and its related illnesses. So cut out the guilt, grab a pillow and have a snooze. Here’s how:

  • The best naps are short ones. Keep it in the first two stages of sleep — any longer and you’ll wake up groggy. Set the clock for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Find a quiet, dark spot. If this isn’t possible, try ear plugs and an eye mask.
  • Get horizontal. It takes 50% longer to catch a snooze if you’re sitting upright.
  • Get your mind ready. To fall asleep quickly shut out the nagging voice telling you to get things done. Concentrate on your breath, relax your muscles and visualise somewhere calming.
  • Caffeine reboot. Caffeine takes 20 to 30 minutes to take effect, so a cup before you snooze will kick in just as you’re waking up.
  • Always set an alarm. It reassures you that you won’t over-sleep and helps prevent drift into later sleep cycles that will leave you groggy.

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Tracy Lee Nicol
Tracy-Lee Nicol is an experienced business writer and magazine editor. She was awarded a Masters degree with distinction from Rhodes university in 2010, and in the time since has honed her business acumen and writing skills profiling some of South Africa's most successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, franchisees and franchisors.Find her on Google+.