How Long You Should You Nap?

Woman Napping on Sofa with Her Dog

Small children are not the only ones who will benefit from taking naps. Sleeping at night and being awake during the day is the sleep pattern for most people. There are times, however, when those patterns are disrupted due to emergencies or a hectic work schedule. When you do not get the rest you need at night, your body will begin to wind down and become fatigued during the day. Taking a nap can get you back on track and allow you to finish out the day without feeling overly tired.

The length of the nap is just as important as the quality of sleep. Power naps can be taken almost anywhere. A quick 10 to 20 minute power nap can re-energize the body and clear the mind, although it doesn't always offer long lasting benefits. Naps ranging from 30 to 60 minutes or more can actually cause the body to feel more tired than when you actually laid down. Unlike a power nap, longer naps that end before a complete sleep cycle can be achieved can cause you to feel groggy and out of energy. Naps that are close to 90 minutes will allow the body to achieve the deep sleep it needs to be rejuvenated and relaxed.

While many people struggle through the day feeling tired and mentally exhausted, those who choose to take a short power nap, often feel much better and are able to focus more fully on the tasks at hand. Taking short naps can also help to relieve stress and relax during a hectic day. Laying your head down on your desk during a break or lunch is an easy way to relax and let go of some of the stress you deal with every day.



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