Sleep Deprivation is a prominent problem in today’s society. With an increase in workload and competition, corporates are the largest victims of sleep loss. Studies show that occasional sleep interruptions are nothing more than minor inconveniences. However, excessive sleep loss on an ongoing basis can lead to memory issues, concentration issues, mood swings, high blood pressure, the risk of heart disease, etc.
Increasing sleep time may not be a plausible option for entrepreneurs and highly competitive businessmen. So people tend to consume caffeine in various forms in order to stay alert but studies suggest that taking power naps can boost memory, cognitive skills, and energy levels whereas consumption of caffeine eventually has ill-effects on one’s health. Daytime naps can potentially cure sleep deprivation, as stated by Sara C. Mednick, Ph.D., sleep expert and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life!
Before taking a power nap, there are certain things you need to take into consideration:
Develop a habit of taking daytime power naps.
Find a quiet and comfortable place to nap. It may be at a nap pod, your own car or a quiet area in a coworking space.
Block out light in order to sleep quickly and to avoid distractions. You can use a sleep mask or shades to block the light out.
Find a place where the temperature is optimum. It should not be too cool or too warm.
Use guided tracks or soft music to nap.
Use your phone’s alarm to wake you up.
One of the most important aspects of taking a power nap is deciding the time span of the nap. Ideally, a nap should be of 10 to 30 minutes. However, a nap of shorter/longer duration may offer certain, different benefits. Here is a detailed list of benefits that you can get by varying your nap time.
Note: Avoid taking naps of 30 to 50 minutes as this might leave you with ‘sleep inertia’, which is a heavy, groggy feeling you get after taking a nap.
Whether it’s your own office or a coworking space, a short nap at your workstation itself can be very refreshing. Shared office spaces and business centres in Kolkata usually do not follow this practice. However, coworking spaces are gradually going in line with International trends, one of which is to encourage coworkers to take short power naps at their workstations.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is what one should aim for. Our body follows a natural cycle and rhythm, which breaks when we change our sleeping habits. It is important for us to return back to our natural sleeping patterns. Returning back to our natural cycle will help us improve our immunity, concentration and emotional stability. Ideally it takes 40 days to form a new habit. So for the next 40 days we can make it our goal to get a good 7-8 hours of sleep. Being consistent by establishing healthy daily practices is the ayurveda way of approaching health. Remember, instead of making your new habits a discipline, think of them as a lifestyle. It will help your mind rest easy.