Continuous self-improvement requires discipline and sacrifice. At least, that’s what performance gurus and self-help books tell us. Is there a lazy way to perfection? The answer may be a surprising “yes,” according to Dr. Sara Mednick. Dr. Mednick studies how napping can improve human performance. In our busy, sleep-deprived world, taking a nap in the middle of the day sounds like a luxury we don’t have time for. But Dr. Mednick says that in reality, it is wasteful not to nap because we rob ourselves of such essential elements of productivity as endurance, alertness, attention, energy, creativity. I first heard an interview with Dr. Mednick through The Theater of the Mind podcast, in which she described her research and her recent book Take a Nap! Change you life. Her studies show that you can target different aspects of performance by varying the time and duration of your naps. Morning naps can boost creativity, while afternoon naps help to absorb large quantities of information and improve memory. You can learn more about the power of napping and read sample chapters at Dr. Mednick’s website. A Nap Wheel on the website will help you design your customized nap schedule for optimum results. Mine is showing that it’s time for my nap. Efficient napping requires practice, so I better go. Wouldn’t you like to be good at napping?