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Powernapping Tips

On my last post, I wrote about how to use a powernap. It can solve your problems, help you handle big problems. But the question which rises is of course: How to powernap. I’ve been testing this a lot (because I like naps) and I think I’ve found the perfect way.How to powernap

  • Feeling tired? You are going to consider taking a powernap. Well thought! You will feel more awake, sleepiness is in the past with a powernap!
  • Grab a cup of coffee. Before you are going to nap. Drink a cup of coffee. This is not what your mom told (no coffee after 9pm), but you don’t need a long sleep now. Only a short nap. The caffeine will start to work after around 20 minutes, the right amount of sleep you need when you powernap! So when you are asleep, the coffee will start to work and you wake up after 20 minutes.
  • Set your alarm 30 minutes ahead. You won’t fall asleep instantly, so you need a little bit of time to sleep.
  • Drink the coffee.
  • Sleep. The most obvious step. Get into bed, but don’t undress! Keep your clothes on, it will make getting up easier. Close your curtains, turn of the light and get into bed. Get 20 minutes of sleep!
  • Wake up. When your alarm goes, get out of bed, open the curtains and walk around. Your hart rate will rise and you will start to get awake. Throw a little bit of water at your face, and be awake.
  • Enjoy. Congratulations, you powernapped! You should feel more alive/awake now! Try to get productive right away.

I love taking powernaps when you are heading towards a problem. And I think powernapping should be something bosses advocate. Let me know what you think of it!This is a post by Stefan Knapen from StudySuccessful.com, a blog about how to study. Stefan is a med school student from the Netherlands who likes to experiment with study tactics and with everything what comes with studying!

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62 Responses to “Powernapping Tips”

  1. Dan Northern says:

    Thanks for the tips! I really need to start power napping because I’m always crashing near the end of the day after waking up at 7:30 am.

  2. Hiya All! I did post a comment about my inability to have short naps without waking up wanting to kill everybody in sight…..but it seems to have disappeared. SO I’m saying it agin, if you don’t mind ;-)

  3. Bidet says:

    Power napping is great, if you master it, you can feel refreshed after only 30 minutes of napping.

  4. used tires says:

    I’m a habitual power napper but didn’t know about the coffee trick. :-) Even though power napping doesn’t make up for lack of sleep, it’s definitely a great shortcut when you’re really short on time.

    Till then,

    Jean

  5. I have always been jealous of people who can fit in a nap anytime. I simply cannot sleep well in the middle of the day.

  6. Powernaps in the middle of a day are definitely refreshing. I always make sure not to nap for too long though, otherwise I feel drowsy for the rest of the day. But yes, they can improve productivity in my opinion.

    Brandon

  7. That is an interesting tip about drinking coffee just before taking a nap. Most people would worry about that keeping them up, but it makes sense that it takes a while to kick in. Since I’m not a coffee drinker, I wonder if it would also work to have a can of coke or something.

  8. used tires says:

    Try green tea also. It has similar effects as coffee but is healthier for you.

    Till then,

    Jean

  9. pen tablet says:

    I’m trying a little snap from time to time and sometimes it is working, sometimes not. But surely this is good idea for anyone that have some private space and some time to do it.

  10. seo says:

    Since I’m not a coffee drinker, I wonder if it would also work to have a can of coke or something.

  11. mortgages says:

    Use sleep wave technology to bring you the powerful benefits of napping.

  12. Well, Regarding power nap, which seems a must for somebody who has long working hrs, such as u. Umesh n’s contribution is appreciable.

  13. There are a number of very good tapes and Cd’s meant to take you into trance for a short time,usually the length of the tape. They use classical hypnosis some times with multiple voices, and the results are astounding.

  14. Martin Kono says:

    Just five-minutes break and I feel the power again.

  15. I have to say having a power nap for me, makes me feel 10x worse, I would rather just push myself through the day and get on with it, these little sleeps don’t always turn out the best way. I wish that I could be like others have a short nap and wake up totally refreshed but it never works out that way.

  16. May have been particularly tired last night. You’ve probably had occasion to want to go to bed early, or to have a really long nap. You can’t predict or count on a regular schedule at this point.

  17. used tires says:

    Another thing that makes you drowsy is a soft drink (Coke, pepsi, etc.). Although obviously not good for calories, it works for making me somewhat sleepy mid-day and after a nice loud burp, I try to catch a nap. :)

    Till then,

    Jean

  18. I can’t power nap this way. I would way too hyped on all that caffeine. Minus the caffeine, I might try this. Thanks.

  19. These short 20-minute power naps for people who are really engrossed in their work, almost always provide a fresh burst of new ideas and energy. They tend to eliminate the need for caffeine boosts during the workday

  20. I’ve tried your BTD for the last few days, using it to get up half an hour earlier. In that time, I tidy my bedroom. It’s a very useful idea, and I haven’t been feeling significantly more tired than normal, despite going to bed at the same time.

  21. I’ll save the powernaps until I am an old man. I’m not one of those people who can sleep in the middle of the day, especially in a bright room. To me naps have always seemed like a thing only necessary for kids and old people.

  22. India says:

    I do miss sexy….and i’m going to have one right now!!! hehe…see you soon babe…:)Hehe …was it good for you lol xx

  23. India says:

    How can I help my boyfriend with the loss of his father?

  24. India says:

    i will be napping in 30 minutes! as for the rest of the time while im at work, i might just be on answers goofing off. getting paid while surfing the internet at work is the best!

  25. Nice tips about How to Powernap! Although I was amazed to see that “Drink coffee before taking tip”, but you have a point there.

  26. Naps don’t work for me, I only get more tired or feel dizzy the rest of the day :(

  27. @denimleggings: Same is true for me. I never felt good after taking a short nap. Even if I take a nap in afternoon it must be atleast 1 hour long. :) LOL

  28. Your sons needs will change as he gets grows. He may have been particularly tired last night. You’ve probably had occasion to want to go to bed early, or to have a really long nap. You can’t predict or count on a regular schedule at this point.

  29. pita bread says:

    Great tips, thanks for this article. It seems everybody knows how to take a nap, but the truth is not everybody knows how to take advantage of it and regain strengths.

  30. The coffee trick is a new one for me, and I’ve been power napping my whole life! I just close my blinds, wear a sleep eye mask and set my alarm. Quick 30 minutes and I’m like brand new.

  31. I think it’s common problem. Thanks for tips for power napping.

  32. Great tip about the coffee! I would never come up with such an idea but now I can see the sense in it. It workes after 20 minutes so just at the time we should be waking up. That’s something I am going to try for sure next time I need a powernap.

  33. The way you used coffee on this trick, amuses me lot. Well, come to think of it, coffee has a relaxing effect initially. Then, after it went to your system it’ll do the opposite and will stimulate you. It’s a nice trick.

    I always oversleep when I try to get a power nap, most of the time I end up having 5-6 hours of sleeping instead 30 minutes, which I hate a lot.

    Gotta try this one.

  34. Robert D. says:

    Thanks for the Tips!
    For businesman like me, powernap is a must.

    I like to take powernap after lunch when I feel extremely sleepy.

    —-
    Robert D.

  35. evden eve says:

    I wonder if it would also work to have a can of coke or something.
    I dont like drink coffee.

  36. Pretty cool Power-nap technique, except maybe for those that are used to the effect of caffeine and can still fall asleep lol.

  37. I am the biggest fan of power naps. But you got to make sure you don’t sleep too long because then you wake up cranky! Nice I am glad someone does this!

  38. papasanchair says:

    Thanks for the Tips!

  39. nice way to recover stress in 20 mins and start getting to work

  40. Pretty cool Power-nap technique, except maybe for those that are used to the effect of caffeine and can still fall asleep lol.

  41. @portable you must be a cyborg now that caffeine doesnt affect you :)

  42. Is it just me or are others not able to sleep in the middle of the day too? If it’s light outside, I have a very tough time falling asleep. I wouldn’t even try to take a nap anymore. I know it would be a waste of time.

  43. Great tips, thanks for this article. It seems everybody knows how to take a nap, but the truth is not everybody knows how to take advantage of it and regain strengths.

  44. you powernapped! You should feel more alive/awake now! Try to get productive right away…

  45. I might just be on answers goofing off. getting paid while surfing the internet at work is the best!!

  46. mobile phone says:

    I can’t fall asleep that easily.

  47. used tires says:

    How do we take full advantage of a nap, London Nice Train? All I try to do is not think of my worries before going to bed.

    Till then,

    Jean

  48. Powernap is the best way to keep refresh your body all time.
    You can take it anytime and make yourself rejuvenated.

  49. Try green tea also. It has similar effects as coffee but is healthier for you.

  50. This is really nice way to give this important knowledge

  51. Great Tips, I love them!

    I use to take regular powernaps in a day to day life.
    In my office, after taking lunch I take powernap for half an hour. This helps me to stay focused on work for rest of the day.

  52. On my last post, I wrote about how to use a powernap. It can solve your problems, help you handle big problems. But the question which rises is of course

  53. Krishan says:

    Really thanks for wonderful tips….

  54. NP Jara says:

    Nice tips especially about the caffeine in coffee kicking in after 20 minutes. I’ll definitely try that one out tomorrow. Thanks!

  55. Usually a power nap is something you need when you are already tired from lack of sleep, but need to stay awake longer. I usually take a 15 minute power nap if I stay up longer than 2 days…

  56. My only advice is set a loud alarm. It’s probably best not to power nap at work. I guess be in a quiet place and close your eyes? Sorry I can’t be more help…

  57. Powernaps are absolute godsends. I use them whenever I can to get rejuvenated. They help out soo much. If ever you feel really sluggish these can really reboot you!

  58. I am the kind of person who takes 30 minutes to an hour to fall asleep, most nights. Falling asleep is an ordeal for me (unless I’m completely exhausted). Don’t get me wrong—it’s not an unpleasant ordeal… there are worse things in life than lying in bed. But I truly envy those people who can just put their head on a pillow and drift off within moments. Oh, such bliss… not for me. I will lie in bed, awake, forever thinking and rethinking whatever happens to be on my mind at the time.

  59. I have to say having a power nap for me, makes me feel 10x worse, I would rather just push myself through the day and get on with it, these little sleeps don’t always turn out the best way. I wish that I could be like others have a short nap and wake up totally refreshed but it never works out that way.

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