If you feel tired even at work, you may not be getting enough sleep during your regular bedtime hours. A simple and efficient way to deal with this is to get more sleep – sneaking a couple of winks of sleep during lunch break can easily refresh your system and give you the energy boost you need to survive the rest of the afternoon. These power naps can rid your mind of the cobwebs and sleepiness that plague even the most hardworking member of the office. Before you begin your forty winks at your lunch break, take note of these simple and easy to follow tips on how to get a nap during your lunch break.
- Before anything else, set the alarm! This is the most important step you have to do. You don’t want to embarrass yourself by oversleeping and showing up late and bedraggled at an important office meeting. Not only with this ruin your reputation, it will give the impression that you don’t take your work seriously. Always set your alarm clock before you take a nap – preferably 10 to 15 minutes before the end of your lunch break. This will give you enough time to have that “last five minutes” nap.
- Eat your lunch before you go to sleep. When you have a meal, a lot of your blood flow goes to your stomach, causing you to feel sleepy. Even in the middle of the day, you can help yourself get a power nap by grabbing some food before you nap. The content and full feeling you get after a meal will help lull you to sleep.
- Find a comfortable position to nap in. Each person has his or her own peculiar position when napping. You’ve probably already found yours during high school and college (remember those boring classes you slept through?), so it is important for you to find a space that you can nap in comfortably. Some people prefer sitting with their heads down on the desk, while some just lean back and fall asleep naturally. Find out which position works for you the best – you don’t want to wake up with so many aches and pains because you fell asleep in an awkward position.
- Find your “snooze zone”. If you look hard enough, there are a lot of places where you can take a power nap in your office. You can sleep at your desk during lunch break, while a storage cubicle or recently emptied office space will do just fine. If you become more desperate for space, you can even curl up under your cubicle desk to get enough headroom to lie down. The important things to remember are to have enough space to rest comfortably in, and to be out of the way. Nothing is more embarrassing than having your “sleeping beauty” pictures circulating the office e-groups.
- Bring your sleeping supplies. While it isn’t advisable to bring your mattress and pillows with you, you can bring small items to help you sleep more comfortably. These include small pillows, lap blankets and maybe a small sheet to lie on. Choose a fabric that you are comfortable sleeping on. You can store all of these in your locker before and after use.
There is nothing shameful about taking a nap at the office. You can even increase your productivity by energizing yourself with a power nap in the middle of the day. Just don’t forget to set your alarm! If possible, have a trusted co-worker come and ring your phone if you don’t show up at a pre-set time.