- Limit naps to 30 minutes. This keeps you from waking up in a fog. Why? You stay in a light stage of sleep.
- If time permits, extend naps to 90 minutes. This allows you to benefit from one full sleep cycle.
- If you work and sleep during the evenings, an ideal afternoon nap takes place around 3 p.m. because of our tendency to become sleepy around this time.
- Don’t nap too closely to your usual bedtime. Keep at least 6 hours between your nap and bedtime.
- Limit light and distractions by napping in a dark room with electronics or alerts shut off.
- If you regularly need to nap, consider your sleeping habits and quality and duration of your current sleeping schedule.
Adapted: Dignity Health