Indiana Munn asked time management expert Robyn Pearce why we a power nap at work could benefit us.
Mention taking a power nap at work and eyebrows are sure to rise. However, Pearce says power naps are commonplace in many Chinese firms, similar to the siesta concept in Spain.
In fact, some of history’s greatest figures, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Albert Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci, were all advocates. It’s all about being in tune with the body’s ultradian rhythms, which go on an upwards cycle for 90 to 120 minutes before coming down for 15 to 20 minutes.
If we learn to work within these energy patterns, Pearce believes we can be more effective at work. “If you try and push through those low energy times you’re putting your body into fight or flight mode. People who work consistently at their desks and don’t take a proper morning, lunch and afternoon break are not giving their brain a chance to rest and ‘defrag’. So they cease to be effective… which can lead to burnout and stress.”
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