I was interested to read the recent announcement that taking a five minute nap in the afternoon can make the brain more agile. I’m always interested in exploring ways to make myself – and the team at Peace – more productive, and the idea that a quick snooze might be the answer does, it must be said, have an appeal. A member of our marketing team tells me he has been doing this fairly regularly while working from home and he believes it makes a big difference.
Apparently, those who take regular afternoon naps speak more fluently and remember things better than those who don’t. That’s pretty important in our job. After all, forgetting the customer’s name or speaking gibberish to a candidate doesn’t generally go down well. However, more seriously, the research that suggests a quick 40 winks after lunch is a good thing ties in with a lot of other stuff I have been reading recently. In particular, I commend the graphic shown, which was posted by Greg Lowe on LinkedIn recently.
The key here, in my opinion, is to make sure that each of the segments in the lower half of the diagram get your full attention as and when you do them (and yes, I know that you can’t be attentive when you are asleep, but you know what I mean). So when you are working hard, you give it everything, and similarly, you make sure that your healthy eating is really healthy, not just a banana once a week. Taking time off is also essential to let your brain switch off from work mode, which is why I like the idea that having a kip for five minutes - or, to be honest, probably more like twenty minutes in the afternoon. In fact, I find that even just a 20 minute break to recharge the batteries can be as good as an actual sleep. After all, tradesmen the length and breadth of the country have been snoozing in their vans for decades so there is a precedent in the industry that I can follow. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to put my feet up…
Chris Peace, MD, Peace Recruitment