Sometimes, you just need a nap. Whether you didn’t get enough sleep the night before or you’re just feeling a little snoozy in the middle of the day, getting in a quick cat nap can make you feel amazing. However, if you do it the wrong way, it can also make you feel worse, more tired, and disrupt your sleep schedule. That’s right, there is a right and wrong way to nap. Here’s how to do it correctly.
Keep It Short
Even if you’re really tired, try to keep your naps between 10 to 30 minutes in length. Any longer and you’ll just feel groggier when you wake up.
Do It Early
The later in the day you nap, the more likely it is that your nap will interfere with your ability to get a good night’s sleep later on. For best results, try to get your nap in before 3 p.m.
Do It Often
Okay, this isn’t a must, but getting in the habit of power napping in the middle of the day can have all sorts of benefits like regulating your emotions, keeping you alert, and reducing fatigue. So don’t hesitate to take a nap if you feel like you want and need one.