Sometimes, you need the pick-me-up that only a nap can offer. But how do you nap so you don’t wake up disoriented or ready for more sleep? Sleep experts have studied napping and have answers to the “where’s, what’s, and how’s” of effective napping. Learn how to enjoy the benefits of a short snooze without affecting your night-time rest.
Catching some zzz’s in the middle of the day offers benefits like these:
Brief afternoon naps can boost alertness, especially if they’re planned and strategically placed in your day. Here’s what experts recommend:
You might consider making time for a nap if you:
After napping, give yourself time to wake up before resuming activities—particularly those that require a quick or sharp response.