This is part 2 of my post from last week on how to design the perfect nap.
Today, I’d like to continue by talking about how you can fall asleep no matter where you are. This is useful for napping in airports, couches, or at your desk if need be.
The trick is to use sleep MP3s. They are essentially MP3s that play white noise for the duration of the nap, and then slowly wake you up by playing a variety of sounds. Whats great is that you can play them on your computer speakers, or make them portable by putting them on your iPod or cell phone.
They are so helpful (and far superior to a traditional alarm clock) for a few reasons.
- It’s too easy to make mistakes when setting an alarm for a nap. Alarm clocks are designed to be changed rarely, and used over and over at the same time each day. The math that is required to count x minutes ahead and get all the buttons right, while being sleep deprived, is just asking for errors.
- Napping is not dependent on the time of day, it’s dependent on the length. The length of the mp3 never changes, so it is as simple as pressing play to get it right.
- These mp3’s use white noise to block out other sounds and and soothe you to sleep. When I first heard it, I found it a little bit annoying, but I quickly grew to enjoy the sound, and it works better than earplugs to block out unwanted noises.
- They wake you up gradually. Some start with relaxing clucking of chickens or a rooster, then play some music, and end with loud explosions and a human voice letting you know it’s time to get up if you still haven’t gotten up. This is much more effective (and pleasant) than a single tone that you will angrily turn off.
- They are portable. I have one of these MP3’s on my blackberry so if I need to fall asleep, I just put in my standard headphones and I’m out. You can also carry them on your iPod.
Some finals tips for the perfect nap:
If you are sensitive to light, you may want to combine this with a sleep mask which will block out the light.
Make sure you are as warm as possible, since just having cold feet or hands can be enough to prevent sleep.
Finally, if you normally like to sleep on your side, and you don’t have a pillow handy, you may have to try sleeping on your back. This will allow your head to be in a natural position without a pillow. Even though I never sleep on my back in bed, I’m able to nap in this position, so give it a try.
Using these simple techniques, you will likely be able to fall asleep in most environments, and wake up ready to take on the day!
Brian Armstrong is an entrepreneur who achieved financial freedom working for himself by age 23. You can learn how to quit your 9-to-5 job, start your own business, and begin building wealth at his website: StartBreakingFree.com