Take a Smart Siesta


Take a Smart Siesta
How would you like to tap the perfect nap? Choose the right time and length to boost health and productivity and minimize grogginess:

* 10 to 20 minutes – the ideal “power nap” to step up your energy and alertness
* 30 minutes – may feel hungover when you wake up before you feel restored later
* 60 minutes – may improve memory for facts, places and faces but may be groggy upon waking
* 90 minutes – takes you into a full cycle of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep which improves emotional and procedural memory (e.g. learning a new skill) and creativity while reducing sleep inertia

According to experts, the best time to nap is between 1pm and 4pm. Avoid napping after 7pm because it may interfere with your nighttime sleep.

Extra Tip: If you dream during a short nap you may be sleep-deprived.

Source: Reddy, S. (2013, September 2). The Perfect Nap: Sleeping is a Mix of Art and Science. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from the http://www.wsj.com.

Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy. Part of the Power Living® Empowerment Series.

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