If the prospect of a an energy boost wrapped in a quick nap sounds appealing here are 5 steps for the perfect nappucciono.
After reading about "Nappuccinos" in Daniel Pink's book "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing" I had to give this lifehacking power upping napping technique a try. (Say that 10 times real fast!)
First, let's define nappuccio. A nappuccino is a short nap preceded by a dose of caffeine that promises to give you a boost of extended energy for your day. I could not pass up trying anything that called for caffeine, sleep, and energy. After about 10 nappuccinos I can officially say I am a fan!
1. Recognize when you are tired.
Pay attention to energy levels and your mood. When you recognize your need for a snickers bar, then you are ready to move on to step 2.
2. Find a quiet place to rest.
This may be tough if you have a house full of kids, roommates or the people living above you in your apartment happen to be these people! (Link to a youtube video, you will LOL)
I am not beyond the aid of sleep mask and earplugs to help maximize my nap. No, really I use this one; sleep mask!
3. Get your dose of caffeine!
Most people will be able to get all the caffeine they need with a single cup of coffee; approximately 100mg. If you are like me however and do not drink coffee, you will have to find an alternative. Do not consume your caffeine with sugar as it may impede your ability to fall asleep.
4. Set your alarm for 25 minutes and get some sleep!
According to Pink "naps between 10 to 20 mins measurable boost alertness and mental function without leaving you sleepier than before." According to what I remember from the book the average person takes 7 to 10 minutes to fall asleep. The caffeine will take about 20 minutes before it starts to kick in.
This step is where the magic happens. Here are some observations.
a. I have never been so blessed to fall asleep that fast. After about the 3rd attempt I set my alarm for 35 minutes.
b. Generally speaking anything over 25 minutes of rest you risk being groggy for the rest of the day!
c. Sometimes the sleep is very light, but just getting a moment to rest my eyes and a chance to be still goes a long way after a long day or week.
d. If you wake up before 20 to 30 minutes go ahead and get up.
e. If you obsess about tracking your sleep with your Fitbit be warned. Fitbit will not track any sleep that is under an hour. Grrrr!!!!! You will have to manually log your nap.
5. Proceed with being Awesome!
According to Pink if you make your afternoon nap a regular ritual, you will get more from your naps! Yes, please!
What do you think? Are you going to give this a shot? Let me know how it goes!