29 responses

  1. WTL
    September 29, 2006

    I agree! I don’t nap as often as I should, but when I do, the benefits are usually self-evident. Nice to see a good how-to.

  2. Gnorb
    September 29, 2006

    Thanks. I keep thinking I should have named it “how to power meditate”, but I guess “power napping” is better in line withi the current vernacular. Glad you enjoyed the article. :-D

  3. palb
    September 29, 2006

    recommended cd: biosphere – substrata, great for this

  4. Gnorb
    September 29, 2006

    Ok, again with the linkwhoring, but this one with a purpose.

    Substrata V.2 by Biosphere (Amazon)
    Substrata by Biosphere (Amazon)

    Will definitely look at these. However, judging by the price, I’m guessing these are imports. When/How did you hear of these guys?

  5. y0mbo
    September 30, 2006

    My Dad has used power naps for years, and I have used them as well. I’ve found my motivation has a lot to do with whether or not I need them… At my last job, where I wasn’t having much fun I needed them more regularly. At my new gig, I’m energized to the point of working straight through lunch. I’ve also written about the Caffeine nap as well.

  6. Gnorb
    October 1, 2006

    That’s because (1) I’ve never heard of it and (2) — most importantly — I’ve never used it. (I won’t recommend anything I haven’t personaly used.) Also, I wanted to make this as neutral as possible technology wise. Most people who read this will likely have a car, a radio, and/or a surface large enough for them to lay down on. In other words, no mention was needed. They may not necessarily have an MP3 player readily available.

    All that aside, thank you for the recommendation.

  7. gary
    October 2, 2006

    An old friend of mine told me about power naps once and he was fairly good at it. But what was the main “clincher” of his, and I believe he claimed he got it from some Health magazine, was to have your legs elevated while you sleep. He would sleep on the couch with his legs up on one of the sides and his head down. He claimed taking one of these 30-40 minute naps felt like, to him, 4 hours of sleep.

    But I have since have been able to find any information on the leg elevatey part. Might be interesting to try again. Supposedly something about blood rushing towards the upper part of your body? It’s a little weird to get comfortable at first but it worked like a charm for him!

  8. morganusvitus
    April 5, 2007

    The site looks great ! Thanks for all your help ( past, present and future !)

  9. Power Napper
    August 30, 2007

    Napping makes sense. It is far better for you than some coffee in the afternoon.

    The one thing I didn’t like was sometimes I get up all stiff and groggy, but I use a “pow’r napper” that I got for christmas–it is a cusion that knocks me out fast.

    If I didn’t nap in the afternoon, I might as well leave my job at lunchtime because I would get absolutely nothing done.

    But I could not nap without my pow’r napper cushion, I use it when I can’t sleep at night, too.

  10. Jess
    October 13, 2007

    Great article! Everyone should do this to get a ‘lift’ from your daily conscious activities. Much more effective than caffeine which fools your body like you’re in a stressful situation, that’s why you feel a ‘lift’.

  11. Thomas Johnson
    November 12, 2007

    Power naps are great! Just hard sometimes to find a good place, if the weathers good I like to go to a little park near my work and have a snooze.

  12. Gnorb
    November 12, 2007

    @Thomas: I usually just go to my car, put on some classical music, and snooze for a good 10-15 minutes.

  13. Sebastien
    December 10, 2007

    Brilliant, power naps are the way to go. I feel I need to plug my free relaxation web site here: http://www.napsounds.com

    Just go there and enjoy a different 20 minute nap every day or simply register to the podcast.

  14. MrDeming
    November 10, 2008

    Brilliant. I have been awake for 48 hours straight, I’ve been stressed out about my design work and I’m very sensitive to caffeine (I have have many coffees prior to this 48 hours) and I wanted to find a solution to get myself through the rest of the day, until an appropriate time to sleep. I am going to try this right now. Thank you!

  15. IT Rush
    August 6, 2011

    Nap? Hmm, almost all the time.. thanks for this how to power nap though..

  16. joyce
    May 26, 2012

    power napping is helpful to me as i m a student, so need 10-20 min nap n start my studies again… thanks :-)

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