“I’ve always been hooked on productivity, and searching for things that will really make a difference. There’s a lot of ‘kids stuff’ out there like time management, but napping really works.
I first saw the effects in my father, a produce merchant, whose job involved hard physical labour. He would lie on the floor after lunch, and arise energised, even though he would never go into a deep sleep.
I started napping in my students days when trying to find ways to be more productive.
Then I used powernaps to help me transition from work to study. For example in one job, I was learning Indonesian, and once a week I would have a 2-hour ‘immersion’ lesson. I would have a nap at work first (I just closed the office door, and did it) and it worked a treat. Otherwise it felt impossible to go from normal work, then all of sudden speaking only Indonesian.
When competing in professional athletics I would also take a nap before an event.
Early afternoon is now my favourite time to nap – it’s a useful energiser, after my 5 am rise. I sit down in a comfortable chair, nap for ten to 15 minutes, then wake naturally. It’s such a handy tool to be able to switch off at will. It’s something so few people can do.”