#011: The Secret Power of Naps [Podcast]

In this podcast episode, I talk about—of all things—naps! Yes, that’s right. I explain why you should consider them as part of your journey to greater productivity.

When I blogged about this topic recently, I got 1,780 comments on my blog, 1,602 retweets on Twitter, and 13,666 Facebook shares. Obviously, this topic hit a nerve—or maybe people are just tired.

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Episode Outline

I am a habitual nap-taker. I used to feel guilty about this until I discovered that my boss, Sam Moore, who was then the CEO of Thomas Nelson, took naps.

I also discovered that many other successful people took naps, including Leonardo da Vinci, Napoleon, Thomas Edison, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gene Autry, John F. Kennedy, John D. Rockefeller, Winston Churchill, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Ronald Reagan.

I believe you should consider taking a nap every day for the following reasons:

  1. A nap restores alertness.
  2. A nap prevents burnout.
  3. A nap heightens sensory perception.
  4. A nap reduces the risk of heart disease.
  5. A nap makes you more productive.

I typically take a 20-minute nap right after lunch. If I can’t do it then, I try to squeeze it in before 4:00 p.m. Here are a few practices I have found helpful.

  1. Be consistent.
  2. Turn off the lights.
  3. Use a blanket.
  4. Keep it short.
  5. Be discreet.

Finally, shift your own thinking about naps. People who take them are not lazy. They might just be the smartest, most productive people you know.

Listener Questions

  1. Question #1: Art Carden asked, “How do you fall asleep quickly, and how do you get up after 15–20 minutes?”
  2. Question #2: Jackie asked, “Does our need for naps have to do with our national addiction to coffee?”
  3. Question #3: Mary DeMuth asked, “Should insomniacs avoid naps since they can disrupt normal sleep?”
  4. Question #4: Stu Gray asked, “Is there an ideal time or length for a nap that helps avoid grogginess.”

Next week, I will be talking about “The Five Marks of Authentic Leadership.” If you have a question about that topic, please leave me a voice mail. I’d love to hear from you.

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