I’ve been thinking about sleep a lot lately…got a baby on the way, and I’m conscious this is my last good chance for sleep for a while. I’ve always loved sleeping, even as a baby, my mum said I would always snuggle down and make a contented sound when I got put to bed.
The thing is, everything seems so much harder when you’re tired – decisions are more difficult, worries seem bigger, and bodies get clumsier. After a good sleep, things usually seem at least a little better.
And that’s one of the things I love about working in China…putting your head down on your desk and having a nap in the middle of it all is generally very well accepted here. And according to various research, a good 20-30 minute power nap can help improve alertness and memory retention, and improve performance.