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Powernap to Improve Focus & Concentration

First of all, this post isn’t about HOW TO powernap. It is about how to USE a powernap. You probably all know already how to powernap (or supercharge nap, whatever you call it). Probably not the coffee trick, but I will keep that for later. Do you also know how to USE the powernap? ‘What do you mean, you just take a nap right when you are feeling tired?’ Indeed. But not only when you are feeling tired.

Big problem coming up!

Ok, your paper due date is in a couple of days and of course you haven’t started yet. Stress is coming up: ‘Only 3 more days and so much to do and I have to go exercising and I have to go to my parents and I have to go to school and this and that.’ Stop. Make a schedule, write it down. The first step to get order in your head. Then you start to brainstorm about the paper. Where is it about, how are you going to write it, write everything down. And then..

Take a nap.

BLABLA

Take a nap? I’m stressed and I have so much to do! Of course you have, but if you take a nap, you can process all the information you gathered. All the stress, all the brainstorm things all the planning stuff. Everything gets processed. You will wake up as a better person, as a more ‘in control’ person.But there is one more problem, people tend to stay awake when they are stressed. You need to calm down first. This is why ‘Winnie the Pooh’ is always next to my bed. Just read one story, drink coffee and set your alarm half an hour ahead and have your powernap.

So next time you are stressed, get everything out of your head on paper, take a nap and feel better. Good luck.

This is a post by Stefan Knapen from StudySuccessful.com, a blog about studying successful. Stefan is a med school student from the Netherlands who likes to experiment with study tactics and with everything which comes with studying!

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51 Responses to “Powernap to Improve Focus & Concentration”

  1. You ‘re giving good information. Thanks…

  2. I agree. I find that I feel more focused and ready to work after a powernap.

  3. i use to do that all the time…

  4. well generally protein is the last nutrient that your body utilizes for fuel… (energy) so if you are drinking that and not incorporating complex carbs and the good fats (like almonds, other nuts, and yogurts) then you will probably crash. try being a little bit more balanced… and that may help with the energy drop.

  5. mimar says:

    You ‘re giving good information.

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  7. I find that I feel more focused and ready to work after a powernap.

  8. You‘re giving good information.

  9. Link Wheel says:

    Thanks for the info, your next post should be “how to power nap”!

  10. Good information you have in this post! Thanks to share this with us….

  11. You‘re giving good information.

  12. I can feel the power of little nap during hard day. I used this solution many times but it is really not so easy to take a nap at work. There is so much things to do and time is running out fast. On the other hand I can always get some sleep at school…

  13. Powernapping is something I am unable to do, as my mind is far too active to just switch off and go to sleep for half an hour (unless I truly am tired, and then half an hour just leaves me bleary eyed and foul tempered, as it aint enough)

  14. Do you share a very useful article. learned thanks to you

  15. I’ve tried “powernap” 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.

  16. I’ve been taking 15 min. power naps for years now when I need them. A little different than what you suggest, but it works for me. The coffee trick really does help. I read somewhere that a person can survive for a couple weeks on just power naps, during extreme emergencies.

  17. I wish I was able to powernap like this. Unfortunately when there is much going on in my head, it is nearly impossible to get to sleep. I usually have a very tough time trying to sleep in the middle of the day at all.

  18. Edison used to take naps in his office with a pencil in his hand. When he would reach a state of deep sleep the pencil would drop and he would wake up and get back to work.

  19. I think that having a power nap is a good thing but I am not too sure how the bosses would react to this, ha ha ha.
    Here’s thinking that if one needs to do this do it in your lunch break.:)

  20. Bidet says:

    I find it always good to take your mind off things by taking a nap but sometimes when your lying in bed all you do is think about your assignment and it can help you write your paper if you have writers block. Napping can help relieve stress but sometimes it can make it worse.

  21. You ‘re giving good information.

  22. Megan Fox says:

    I have always had trouble after taking a nap from being dizzy or still sleepy after the nap. Some good ideas here.

  23. Im using powernap and very usefull :)

  24. if you are drinking that and not incorporating complex carbs and the good fats (like almonds, other nuts, and yogurts) then you will probably crash. try being a little bit more balanced…

  25. Megan Fox says:

    I definitely have the problem of crashing, so yea I will try to balance my diet a bit in the future.

  26. Find an alarm that can go off on the hour. If you have been awake and studying when it goes off. Stand up, take some deep breaths, touch your toes a couple of times and stretch.

  27. hizlindir says:

    there are a lot of useful informatin.

  28. hizlindir says:

    I completely agree with you

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  33. study skills says:

    I’ve had Issues Powernaping. I think I get too much energy from them.

  34. India says:

    Who needs a powernap ?
    I do ..i`m soo sleepy … wake me in 5mins please !

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  36. As i get older the old eyes start to go around 8pm and a nanna nap is needed,only prob is i’m at work.

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  38. India says:

    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. 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.

  39. Using a powernap is utilize proper way of time. Thanks for information about it.

  40. beach clog says:

    Take a nap, everything gets processed. I like that!

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  42. 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. My only advice is set a loud alarm.

  43. Valerie says:

    If I can get a 20 minute nap mid-day, I am so much more productive at work. It really helps me get through the second half of the day.

  44. Using a powernap is utilize proper way of time. Thanks for information about it.

  45. This week i created a schedule on my daily routine, and so far it gave me more time to focus on each task individually. I found that i finish all my work faster if i have it planned out.

  46. I find it always good to take your mind off things by taking a nap but sometimes when your lying in bed all you do is think about your assignment and it can help you write your paper if you have writers block.

  47. Take a nap? I’m stressed and I have so much to do! Of course you have, but if you take a nap, you can process all the information you gathered.

  48. Ok, your paper due date is in a couple of days and of course you haven’t started yet.

  49. Ok, your paper due date is in a couple of days and of course you haven?t started yet. Stress is coming up: ?Only 3 more days and so much to do and I have to go exercising and I have to go to my parents and I have to go to school and this and that.

  50. I was Never thought we can also use powernap in such way but its really seems very useful trick for hectic life, our day to day routine becoming very stressful, heavy and hectic.

  51. David says:

    I find that to take my mind off of pressing things, and allow for the stress-less mindstate I listen to an non-dramatic audiobook at barely audible levels. Almost always the nap happens in under 5 minutes.

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