Monday, February 16, 2009

7 Rules of Taking a Nap

The whys of taking naps are that they improve mood, creativity, memory function, heart health, and so much else, but some people claim they’re unable to nap during the day; they just can’t fall asleep, or when they do nap, they wake up groggy and unable to work.

The first thing you should know is, feeling sleepy in the afternoon is normal. It doesn’t mean you had a big lunch, or that you’re depressed, or you’re not getting enough exercise. That’s just how animals’ cycles work — every 24 hours, we have two periods of intense sleepiness. One is typically in the wee hours of the night, from about 2am to 4am, and the other is around 10 hours later, between 1pm and 3pm.

If you’re a night owl and wake up later in the morning, that afternoon sleepiness may come later; if you’re an early bird, it may come earlier. But it happens to everyone; we’re physiologically hardwired to nap. Read on for the rest of the tips.

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