Slow, low on energy, lethargic, sad and worried are some the words my long tie friend describes me now. I never used to be so. I’m a student doing a course in Management, and my life is full, really full. Between my classes, work ( I’m self-funded), assignments and domestic chores, I skip on something that is critical – Sleep. I hit the bed at 4 AM, out of sheer exhaustion, and don’t wake up for another 5 hours. I have turned into an Owl! The sleep does not seem to satiate me, but that is a luxury, I don’t seem to have.
Anxiety, stress, and depression are some of the most common causes of chronic insomnia. I turned to caffeine, a few cups of strong, extra shot espressos to tide over. They left the barista richer and me hyper – nothing good came out of it instead I am suffering from sleep apnea now. I started snoring as well.
Life moved on – classes, exams, assignments, no sleep – life going down a negative spiral.
Robin, has been my friend for a while, He is a doctorate student and I would describe him as a bright eyed bushy tailed, always on a roll. I often joke, that he may have fallen into a tub of Redbull, while he was a baby! I use Robin, regularly to bounce of ideas, and seek his inputs for my assignments. It was on one of these instance, he pauses, and, Mate, I get the feeling something is wrong with you? IS everything ok?” Everything is fine, I say, forcing a smile.
Well, you look lost, feel free to let me know if I can help you in any way. Just don’t ask me for money. I’m scrapping the bottom of the barrel too.
Robin, I said, coming clean, “its that everything is overwhelming, I don’t seem to have the energy to do anything. I have tried coffee, a fancy diet and few other fads, nothing seems to get my energy up.
Do you sleep well? Robin asks.
Sleep, that’s a luxury. I barely sleep for 5 hours a day.
Mate, the quality of sleep is equally important. May be you should try, what keep me going – Power Nap.
Power nap – What’s that?
Power nap is a sort of super efficient sleep, which has big results in a short time. So how does a power nap works, I asked Robin. During a power nap we use different stages of a complete sleep cycle as effectively as possible. A sleep cycle takes 90 to 120 minutes. The ideal power nap is 20 minutes, we will wake up energized again as we only enter the first sleep phase. A power nap also makes us more productive, happier, less stressful, increases our memory and we can improve learning. A power nap ensures our brain works better for the whole day.
Ok, But how do I ensure that I enjoy the best power nap, I again asked Robin. Any quite place he just said where no one can disturb you, he further added. He asked me to use a sleeping mask as darkness helps to promote the production of melatonin in the body, a hormone that causes sleepiness for a good powernap time.
So, I started using this practice. My first attempt was bizarre, I slept for around 2 hours. But slowly and steady I got the habit of it. Wow it did wonders to my lifecycle. Not only I wake up fresh and full of energy after this power booster nap, it has also improved my fatigue level. Lack of sleep or fatigue may also cause sleep walking. I feel quite refresh with this power nap and now I practice it every day. It is a good cure of hypersomnia aswell. I didn’t believed in Robin’s theory initially but it certainly worked. Not only that, napping is good for our heart, blood pressure, stress levels, and surprisingly, even weight management. And one of a good snoring solution. Time to spend less on caffeine and cash on the power nap.
Meditation is an accessible, budget-friendly practice that everyone can try along with powernap. Guided meditation for sleep problems and insomnia is very important.
This is my story of power nap and how it proved beneficial for me. Do you also got some experience to share with us? Share your story in our comment section.