Pro Tips For Power Napping Like A King

Danny Forest
Jan 25, 2018 · 5 min read

I power nap almost every day. And I swear I’m no lazy bastard.

In fact, power napping is one of my top productivity advice.

Now, when I say King, I mean it figuratively speaking of course. I can’t image kings sleeping on their desk like I do ;).

And I’m no history expert, but I assume that some of the greatest kings in history also did power naps to rejuvenate and help them make better decisions. Please share in the comments if you have factual examples of kings doing it throughout history.

Power Napping Is A Skill

Power napping is hard. Like any skill, it takes practice. I’ve only started being good at it 6 months ago. I do it almost every day now. But before that, I would try at least once per week and I would “fail” most of the time. Actually, even to this day, I still don’t always fall asleep.

A power nap is typically 15–20 minutes long. I personally power nap to give myself an extra 2–3 hours of productive work.

A more powerful alternative is the coffee nap. Basically, you quickly drink a shot of espresso coffee right before your power nap. The caffeine takes about 20 minutes to kick in, so right at the same time as you finish your power nap.

I would suggest you don’t try coffee naps until you can do power naps though, for three reasons: 1. Not everyone can quickly drink a hot coffee. 2. It’s harder to fall asleep, and 2. It’s quite powerful when you do it right. When I do coffee naps, I have to be ready to go to bed much later. It makes it much harder for me to fall asleep.

Pro Tips On Power Napping Like A King

Here are a few tips for a successful power nap:

If you do want to do a coffee nap, go for an espresso. If you can’t set the water temperature, let it sit in the freezer for 3–5 minutes. You have to make sure to drink it fast. Real fast. The caffeine takes about 20 minutes to kick in, so it’s the same length as the power nap.

Practice, Practice, Practice

This takes practice. Keep trying. Don’t judge a “failed” nap. There are still benefits even if you don’t always fall asleep. Acknowledge that it does take time to fully recover as well. I’ve been doing it for over 2 years now and on average, I get 2–3 extra productive hours every day.

If you’re a leader in your company, lead by example. A lot of people are shy and are afraid of looking like a slacker. Show them it’s okay to power nap. Encourage them to do it. Do it yourself.

If you work from public places like coffee shops or co-working spaces (like me), just do it. The first time I did it, I was afraid of judgment. Especially because I was quite new here. But seriously, who cares. I cared more about my productivity than for what people thought.

And to my surprise, I didn’t get judgment, but curiousness. People started asking me why I was doing it, how I was doing, etc. People started doing it after.

Conclusion

Yawning constantly? Nap!

Can’t do simple tasks? Nap!

Struggling to keep your eyes opened? Nap!

Nap! Nap! NAP!

Act like a King, power nap in the middle of the day. Make better decisions, be more productive, work longer and better. Your brain deserves a break too!

You can do this!

Thanks for reading and sharing! :)

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Danny Forest

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Status quo’s worst nightmare | Obsessive learner | Productivity beast | Father of a little Viking. Get in touch: https://www.dannyforest.com

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Danny Forest

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Status quo’s worst nightmare | Obsessive learner | Productivity beast | Father of a little Viking. Get in touch: https://www.dannyforest.com

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