Monday, 20 July 2009
In Australia you see billboards along the highways urging you to pull over and take a power nap if you feel tired. As a touring musician I learned to take power naps (aka cat naps) long ago.
It started with early morning flights. I would try to catch up on the sleep I missed by dozing in my seat on the plane.
I would wake up confused and check my watch, only to discover that I had been asleep for less than ten minutes…yet I felt utterly transformed…refreshed…as if I had slept a whole night.
Last weekend I played an afternoon show at a festival in the south of England and then drove 457 miles to my home in Scotland.
I was extra-tired during the drive so I took two ten-minute power naps at motorway services along the way.
I arrived home at midnight feeling great.
Power naps enable you to leave everything behind for a brief moment in time, release stress, and recover perspective.
They give you energy.
The power nap is not only a useful tool for traveling (it’s the best way to catch up with a new time zone, for example) and safe driving, but an important creative tool as well.
These days I take a power nap whenever I need to solve a creative problem. I always emerge refreshed, focused, and with a new point of view.
I compare it to re-booting a computer. You just run better.
Is it lazy, self-indulgent etc., to stop what you’re doing and take a power nap?
It might be a difficult thing to get away with socially, as in an office environment…but if you run your own business and/or have the flexibility to set your own schedule, it can improve the quality of your work and increase your productivity.
Whatever you do, a power nap can help you do it more creatively and efficiently.