Sleep on It!

A 20-minute nap can get you through the midday slump and boost your concentration when you need it the most. However, naps are not created equal. Some leave you feeling refreshed; others give you a bad headache.

Here’s the news on sleeping tips.

Benefits of a nap. Naps can reset the system and give a burst of alertness and increased motor performance. They work better than coffee, since caffeine can hamper your memory (so you’re active, but more prone to mistakes). A Harvard study also shows that regular naps lower your risk for heart disease.

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Sleeping tips to get the best nap.

Need to stay alert or tackle a task that requires motor skills (like driving or typing)? Limit your nap to 20 minutes, which will help you get to Stage 2 sleep. But if you need to do something creative (like write a report), and need sharp memory and decision making, sleep for 30 minutes to an hour. That’s enough for you to reach REM sleep, which is crucial for making brain connections and problem-solving.

Other sleeping tips?

Schedule naps in the afternoon, but never after 4 p.m. – you won’t be able to fall asleep at night. Wearing an eyemask and a warm jacket can help you fall asleep faster.

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