Need to wake up? Get some sleep!

Need to wake up? Get some sleep!

Learn the right way to count sheep.
source-image
Sep 04, 2008
By dvm360.com staff

It's 2 p.m. and you're exhausted. You're dragging through your afternoon practice duties in a daze, focused only on the warm, soft bed that awaits you at home. So what are your options? You could down another cup of coffee or splash some cold water on your face. But what you might really need is what you've been craving all along: a nap.

Taking an afternoon power nap can do wonders on those days you're fighting to stay awake. Studies of shift workers and other volunteers have shown that a nap as brief as 20 minutes can improve alertness, psychomotor performance, and mood.

Take caution when dozing off, however. Sleep inertia, a grogginess and disorientation that can result from awakening from a deep sleep, can occur after a long nap. Napping too long might also keep you up at night.

To harness the power of a nap, Harvard Men's Health Watch suggests the following tips:

> Take your nap at a good time in your daily sleep-wake cycle; for most people, that means sometime between noon and 4 p.m.

> Don't oversleep; a 20- to 40-minute nap should be sufficient.

> Give yourself 10 to 15 minutes to wake up before resuming any demanding tasks.

Your patients need your undivided attention and focus, so do whatever you can to give it to them. Indulge in a quick catnap.

 

Hot topics on dvm360

Blog: Election results pose obstacles for veterinary prescription law

Flip in U.S. Senate's majority may slow progress of Fairness to Pet Owners Act.

7 steps to a better relationship between veterinarians and rescue groups

A DVM in the city shares his advice to veterinary practices for working with rescues.

The war between shelters, veterinarians needs to end

Despite practitioners’ legitimate gripes, they’re hurting themselves.

Making it work: Cavanaugh Pet Hospital dedicates itself to a positive, productive shelter relationship

Watch "Moustakas" benefit from Cavanaugh Pet Hospital's partnership with Furry Kids Refuge.

Ebola-exposed dog's first test for the virus is negative

Bentley will continue to be treated with an abundance of caution for the remainder of his quarantine, while his owner has been declared 'virus-free.'