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#ProdChat – 08-10-16 – Nap-Powered Productivity

#ProdChat – 08/10/2016 – Nap-Powered Productivity

On 08/10/2016, #ProdChat discussed the topic, Nap-Powered Productivity. Watch the slideshow to see what the productivity enthusiasts on #ProdChat had to say about “Nap-Powered Productivity.” Enjoy!

Questions:

  1. Do you take naps during the workday? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss!)
  2. Do you believe naps are helpful to your #productivity? #prodchat
  3. What time of the day is best for you nap? #prodchat
  4. For how long should you nap? #prodchat
  5. Should napping be allowed or encouraged at work? #prodchat
  6. Do you have colleagues that are drowsy/sleepy at work? Or, others that nap? #prodchat
  7. What are some tactics that can help you take a power nap? #prodchat
  8. What are downsides of napping during the workday? #prodchat
  9. What are things to avoid when you’re trying to take a #productivity nap? #prodchat
  10. Some cultures have napping built-in (e.g., Spaniards have siestas). #prodchat
    1. Do you think napping will be embraced like that in the US? #prodchat
  11. What apps or tools can help you with napping? #prodchat

Raw transcript:

User Tweet Time
rsidneysmith Welcome to #ProdChat, the weekly chat for productivity enthusiasts! https://t.co/C40vBakDrB https://t.co/41WBf0l3qb Wed Aug 10 23:59:04 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Welcome to #ProdChat, the weekly chat for productivity enthusiasts! https://t.co/C40vBakDrB https://t.co/41WBf0l3qb Wed Aug 10 23:59:04 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Today on #ProdChat we’re discussing “Nap-Powered #Productivity.” Join us! https://t.co/ooBKVrMl3k Thu Aug 11 00:00:40 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith So, let’s start! In a tweet, introduce yourself. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:01:05 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith What’s a #productivity success you’ve had this or last week? #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:02:08 +0000 2016
caplady1225 ⚡️ Tl warning still at @owaspdc and about to join Twitter #ProdChat ⚡️ Thu Aug 11 00:03:31 +0000 2016
xianfox GTD enthusiast with too many irons in the fire. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:03:57 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Please add #prodchat to tweets. Questions will come as Q1, Q2, Q3. Answer A1, A2, A3, for readability! https://t.co/fr3Dwph1nQ Thu Aug 11 00:04:11 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Hi ray! Ke works in cybersecurity and Gtd practioner. How are you tonight? #prodchat https://t.co/zYkenNwHQw Thu Aug 11 00:04:20 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 Hi, Kewanna! how’re you doing today? #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:04:23 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @xianfox Hi there, Xian! How’re you today? #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:04:38 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q1: Do you take naps during the workday? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss!) #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:05:06 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Organizing scanning stuff to Evernote and getting paper notes into my system #prodchat https://t.co/xNVMvt0SNY Thu Aug 11 00:05:18 +0000 2016
xianfox Knocked a few important things off my list this past week. Passports, home imp. stuff. Spending $$$. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:05:25 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A1: Occasionally. I rarely have the chance to nap. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:06:09 +0000 2016
caplady1225 @rsidneysmith things are super got over 8hrs of sleep for once lol hbu? #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:06:33 +0000 2016
xianfox A1: I wish I could. Impossible to do in my environment. #dangerous #prodchat I feel like to could tho everyday. Thu Aug 11 00:07:24 +0000 2016
rogue_crayon99 A1: Nap early, nap often…oops #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:07:30 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 A good night’s rest is the most productive activity you can do! #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:07:41 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A1 no sleep allowed at the office Lolol maybe a secret bathroom or car nap once in blue moon #ProdChat https://t.co/oJWufaIlik Thu Aug 11 00:08:10 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith It seems like many offices are still anti-nap. We’ll discuss this later in the #prodchat. Thu Aug 11 00:08:56 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q2: Do you believe naps are helpful to your #productivity? #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:10:09 +0000 2016
JKatzaman A1 I don’t intentionally take naps during the work day, but I do drop off at the keyboard. #Prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:10:37 +0000 2016
xianfox A2: I have to have someone/thing wake me up after about 45 mins max or I get a headache and feel worse. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:11:46 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A2: Absolutely. If I haven’t slept enough, a power nap can help bring me back to peak #productivity. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:12:51 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A2 my only nap window is evening to try to power for long night but never really works fall asleep for the night #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:12:59 +0000 2016
xianfox That’s only on weekends tho. Weekdays I’d risk being run over by a forklift. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:13:04 +0000 2016
JKatzaman A2 I’m not sure if a naps helps my productivity. At home, if I take naps, I don’t rebound refreshed as some say they do. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:13:34 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @xianfox Don’t get run over by a forklift! #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:15:06 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q3: What time of the day is best for you nap? #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:15:10 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A2.1 sometime a nap will make me so groggy takes hour to regain alertness to work a long night #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:15:18 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 Yeah, you definitely need to make sure you awake outside a deep sleep cycle. Grogginess sucks. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:16:10 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A3: For me, after lunch is the best nap time for me. After a meal, it’s an optimal moment. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:16:57 +0000 2016
JKatzaman A3 If I took a nap whenever the urge came on, it could be any time of day. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:17:50 +0000 2016
xianfox Q3: don’t have enough xp to know when’s best. In this heat I want to nap around 2 but I don’t know if that’s best for me or not. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:18:03 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @xianfox @jkatzaman Well, one could argue that you should nap when you feel the urge! :) #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:18:59 +0000 2016
rogue_crayon99 A3: After lunch, classic siesta. I would say naps are essential for what I do or for anyone who has to stare at a screen for hours #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:19:11 +0000 2016
xianfox @rsidneysmith @JKatzaman Like after this beer. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:19:56 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q4: For how long should you nap? #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:20:12 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @xianfox @JKatzaman Yes! ;-) #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:21:10 +0000 2016
JKatzaman @rogue_crayon99 I have a low boredom threshold. When I reach that, I can feel the need to fight the feeling. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:21:29 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @rogue_crayon99 Stepping away in any way from the screen is/can be very productive. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:21:40 +0000 2016
xianfox A4: for me, 1 REM cycle. More than that and I might as well go to bed. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:21:47 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A4: For me, the ideal nap is about 45 minutes. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:21:53 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JKatzaman @rogue_crayon99 A quick walk can do the trick. Sometimes I meditate for 5 minutes to help also. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:22:23 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JKatzaman @rogue_crayon99 A quick walk can do the trick. Sometimes I meditate for 5 minutes to help also. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:22:23 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @xianfox That’s a good standard. I cannot do too many REM cycles myself, otherwise I want to sleep for 3-4 hours. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:23:08 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A4 no more than 2 hours #ProdChat https://t.co/xI1GvJBpGR Thu Aug 11 00:23:43 +0000 2016
JKatzaman A4 I have no idea about the length of a nap. My problem is finally letting myself nap, and nothing happens. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:23:57 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 Oh wow. That’s a hardcore nap! :) #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:24:04 +0000 2016
caplady1225 How long is a rem cycle? #ProdChat https://t.co/1JxsekIPLJ Thu Aug 11 00:24:16 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JKatzaman Doing a mindfulness exercise can help get to REM. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:24:35 +0000 2016
xianfox @rsidneysmith same. I need a smart watch app that’ll detect I’m napping and wake me after 45 mins. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:24:38 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Ok maybe I’m napping too long any tips on falling asleep faster? #ProdChat https://t.co/SthJBEkLId Thu Aug 11 00:24:43 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 REM usually lasts for about seven minutes. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:24:44 +0000 2016
JKatzaman @rsidneysmith @rogue_crayon99 For me, meditation is a quick check out to Dreamsville. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:24:58 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q5: Should napping be allowed or encouraged at work? #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:25:10 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @xianfox They do exist, I’m sure. Something like @sleepcycle. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:25:12 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 Drink a hot noncaffeinated drink. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:25:43 +0000 2016
xianfox @caplady1225 It can vary. For me it’s abou 45 mins. https://t.co/DynDdttk6H #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:26:17 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A5. Absolutely! Several studies have shown the veracity of napping on enhancing #productivity. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:27:04 +0000 2016
xianfox @rsidneysmith @caplady1225 The full cycle to drop in and climb back out is longer. R.E.M. Is just 7 mins. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:27:27 +0000 2016
ArtGelwicks Napping is better than a cup of coffee #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:27:50 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @ArtGelwicks Hey, Art! Good to see you here on #prodchat. Thu Aug 11 00:28:19 +0000 2016
JKatzaman A5 Last time I saw naps allowed at “work” was when I was in kindergarten when everyone had to lie down. Today, you’d get reported. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:28:43 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @xianfox @caplady1225 Correct. There is a 20-45 minutes cycle involved. I was being hyper-technical. Lol. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:28:48 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JKatzaman And adults need naps too! #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:29:11 +0000 2016
xianfox A5: I’ve seen some cultures that promote it. Google, Central American countries, county road crews. I wish it was universal. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:29:13 +0000 2016
ArtGelwicks Thanks! Just woke up from a long nap. 😀 #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:29:22 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JKatzaman My understanding is that the Nat’l Sleep Fdn. supports workplace napping. You should be able to nap on breaks. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:29:55 +0000 2016
ArtGelwicks 20 minutes is the sweet spot for me. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:29:55 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @xianfox Likewise. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:30:12 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q6: Do you have colleagues that are drowsy/sleepy at work? Or, others that nap? #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:30:28 +0000 2016
caplady1225 @rsidneysmith @xianfox wow this is useful information. Y’all helped solve a 10yr napping issue of mine #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:30:56 +0000 2016
prodchat Don’t forget to get a copy of The Conquest of Happiness for August’s @prodbookgrp! https://t.co/IC0Casbh6J #prodchat https://t.co/3LlYQEEakP Thu Aug 11 00:31:07 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 @xianfox We are here to help! And, that’s just what we do here on #prodchat! Thu Aug 11 00:31:31 +0000 2016
ArtGelwicks Sunglasses, headphones, and a quiet place outside work great for a nap. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:31:42 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A6: I know of at least one colleague that nods off during meetings. I think I’m going to recommend a nap to this person! #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:31:59 +0000 2016
JKatzaman @rsidneysmith I don’t feel like taking up smoking because those are the people who get breaks. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:31:59 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JKatzaman LOL. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:32:22 +0000 2016
xianfox Q6: I think most of us do. Physical labor combined with this heat just make it worse. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:32:46 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @ArtGelwicks Yes, I used to take my lunchtime naps in my car in springtime months. Nobody would bother me there. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:33:00 +0000 2016
caplady1225 @rsidneysmith I wonder if chamomile tea would be too strong to help induce sleep…Maybe a light tea steeping #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:33:27 +0000 2016
JKatzaman A6 No, I couldn’t tell you one other person who takes or would like to take naps — or they hide the urge well. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:33:39 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 Something like mint tea that hasn’t steeped too long so it’s light. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:33:58 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JKatzaman Interesting. It must be a work culture thing. I know attorneys at my firm that would sleep under their desks! #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:34:36 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q7: What are some tactics that can help you take a power nap? #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:35:06 +0000 2016
JKatzaman @rsidneysmith @ArtGelwicks Well, my car is half a city away from my office. Plus, sleep in a car, and someone will call 911. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:35:26 +0000 2016
JKatzaman A7 I’m open to power nap suggestions. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:36:36 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A6 2 ppl I work w that have kids. One nods off daily one takes caffeine pills 😕. #prodchat work rest should be legally allowed Thu Aug 11 00:36:45 +0000 2016
xianfox A7: comfort, quiet, dark. Often hard to obtain those. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:37:02 +0000 2016
caplady1225 So unfair they always get a pass to be missing from desk #ProdChat https://t.co/lrSBmuVkUa Thu Aug 11 00:37:26 +0000 2016
JKatzaman @rsidneysmith You really want to feed me a straight line about sleeping lawyers? #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:37:32 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JKatzaman @ArtGelwicks Well, thankfully I was in a climate-controlled garage in my office building back then when I napped! #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:37:53 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A7: I’ve heard to drink a cup of coffee, then nap…the caffeine kicks in around the time you should wake up. Interesting to try. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:39:00 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JKatzaman Hey! Tax litigation attorneys! Lol. Boring but ruthless. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:39:41 +0000 2016
caplady1225 @xianfox @rsidneysmith ok maybe I’ll check to see if @sleepcycle alarm can be used for naps #Prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:39:43 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 @xianfox @sleepcycle Let me know! I’d be interested. Sadly my use would be on trains/buses and don’t think it’ll work.#prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:40:12 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q8: What are downsides of napping during the workday? #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:40:14 +0000 2016
JKatzaman @rsidneysmith Yeah, those guys can litigate in their sleep. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:40:24 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JKatzaman Hahaha. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:40:45 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A8: The potential to accidentally sleep much longer than you planned! Missed meetings, etc. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:41:22 +0000 2016
xianfox @rsidneysmith @caplady1225 @sleepcycle Me too. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:41:23 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Same here within the context of late evening after 8/9pm napping #prodchat https://t.co/MP59lmCS0D Thu Aug 11 00:41:48 +0000 2016
JKatzaman A8 You can sleep right through a promotion after someone reports you for sleeping on company time. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:42:40 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 That’s a toughie. It interrupts to closely with your lowering circadian rhythm and proximity to bedtime. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:43:07 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 You should really have at least 4-5 hours between meals and sleep phases. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:43:40 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JKatzaman There are Japanese corporations that now mandate naps…turn off the lights at set times…everyone’s heads go down! #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:44:29 +0000 2016
caplady1225 @rsidneysmith ok should the nap be soon as I get home 6/7pm? #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:44:32 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JKatzaman Just like in kindergarten like we were chatting about! You’d lose a promotion for not napping there! #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:44:55 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q9: What are things to avoid when you’re trying to take a #productivity nap? #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:45:08 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 That makes a bit more sense, for sure. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:45:18 +0000 2016
JKatzaman @rsidneysmith Except now their heads go down to their cell phones to play #PokemonGo. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:45:49 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JKatzaman OMG! That would be hilarious to watch. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:46:04 +0000 2016
xianfox A9: my boss. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:46:11 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @xianfox LMAO! #truth #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:46:31 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A9: Napping too close to bedtime. Digital screens about 30 minutes before napping. An empty stomach. Caffeine in your system. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:47:44 +0000 2016
JKatzaman A9 Avoid waking up from a #productivity nap with the letters from your keyboard impressed on your forehead. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:48:34 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q10a: Some cultures have napping built-in (e.g., Spaniards have siestas). #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:50:07 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q10b: Do you think napping will be embraced like that in the US? #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:50:22 +0000 2016
xianfox A10b: If we do, it’ll happen after I retire. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:52:11 +0000 2016
JKatzaman A10 Just because other countries allow naps, the U.S. will forbid them because we’re better than other cultures. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:52:14 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @xianfox Womp, womp. ;-) #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:52:51 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A10: I think that the pendulum is swinging in favor of naps. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:53:43 +0000 2016
ArtGelwicks A10b Not a chance. Idleness is perceived as laziness in the U.S. even when it’s beneficial. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:54:49 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q11: What apps or tools can help you with napping? #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:55:09 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A11: The Ostrich Pillow! https://t.co/D5iAnIrTai #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:55:48 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @ArtGelwicks I hope you’re wrong for all of our sakes, Art. :-( #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:56:09 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @ArtGelwicks Although most of me agrees with you. *sigh* I still have hope though! #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:56:35 +0000 2016
JKatzaman A11 If an app can be made boring enough, it would induce sleep. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:56:36 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A11: Sleep masks are also incredibly useful. Having a blanket handy. And changing from shoes to thick socks. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:57:15 +0000 2016
ArtGelwicks @rsidneysmith so do I but on this one there’s nothing to sleep on. #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:57:17 +0000 2016
JKatzaman @rsidneysmith @ArtGelwicks Dream on. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:57:28 +0000 2016
xianfox @rsidneysmith that beats the ostrich drone I saw on YouTube. #Prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:57:53 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A11: Also, a pair of headphones and binaural beats generator like @BrainfmApp set to sleep! #prodchat Thu Aug 11 00:58:26 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Next #ProdChat: August 17 – “Using your Phone for Productivity” with @nmhouston hosting! Have a great week, all! Thu Aug 11 00:59:03 +0000 2016
JKatzaman @rsidneysmith That seems like a lot of trouble just to take a nap. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 00:59:45 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JKatzaman Well, it depends if you want a good nap or not, I suppose! :) #prodchat Thu Aug 11 01:00:13 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Thanks, #productivity enthusiasts! #prodchat Join us next week! Thu Aug 11 01:00:25 +0000 2016
xianfox Goodnight all. #naptime #Prodchat Thu Aug 11 01:00:34 +0000 2016
BrandIdeas While not napping moments of stillness induce productive reflection that can re-energise #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 01:01:30 +0000 2016
JKatzaman Actually, you can also do Twitter chats in your sleep. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 01:02:20 +0000 2016
jurylady5 RT @JKatzaman: Actually, you can also do Twitter chats in your sleep. #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 01:03:03 +0000 2016
JoelRRenner RT @BrandIdeas: While not napping moments of stillness induce productive reflection that can re-energise #ProdChat Thu Aug 11 01:07:55 +0000 2016
DanWinston33 RT @rsidneysmith: Next #ProdChat: August 17 – “Using your Phone for Productivity” with @nmhouston hosting! Have a great week, all! Thu Aug 11 01:59:49 +0000 2016

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