Napping isn’t just for little kids–even adults can benefit from a nap! If you’re sleep deprived, or just looking for a way to relax, you might be thinking about taking a nap. You might consider taking a nap if you are experiencing new fatigue or unexpected sleepiness, or if you are about to experience sleep loss (perhaps from a long shift at work). Let’s discuss the best time of day to take a nap, in order to get the best results!
Follow these tips to get the most out of your nap:
- Keep naps short. Shoot for a nap that is only 10 to 30 minutes long. The longer you nap, the more likely you are to feel groggy.
- Take naps in the afternoon. The best time for a nap is usually mid-afternoon, around 2 or 3 pm. This is the time of day when you might experience post-lunch sleepiness or a lower level of alertness. In addition, naps taken during this time are less likely to interfere with nighttime sleep. Though this timeframe works well for many people, it may not be the best fit for you. Feel free to try out other times to see what makes you feel the best!
- Create a restful environment. Nap in a quiet, dark place with a cooler room temperature. It can be easy to fall asleep on the couch with the TV on, but if you are able to crawl into bed, you are much more likely to get a more restful nap!