Nap Like A Pro

March 14, 2017

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Monday was National Nap Day, just as we lose an hour of sleep with the time change. Perhaps you were able to celebrate with a nap.  But why do you feel do groggy after a nap sometimes? In short, you nap was too long.  Experts agree a 20 minute nap can boost alertness, concentration, attention and memory for as much as 4 hours.  Nap longer than 20 minutes you could leave you feeling more tired than before the nap as your body starts falling into a deep sleep.  You feel tired because you interrupt a sleep cycle and when you do go to bed for the night, the messed up cycle may mean it takes longer for you to fall asleep. So when you want to nap, set an alarm to wake you up in 20 minutes.  You can also do the caffeine trick of drinking a caffeinated drink before your nap.  Although it sound counterintuitive to drink caffeine before a nap, it takes about 20 minutes for you to feel the effects of caffeine.  If you still find yourself needing longer naps throughout the day, change your sleeping pattern so that you are getting long, uninterrupted sleep.

SOURCE: Elite Daily

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