Sleep: How to nap like a pro
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The most natural time to take a nap, based on our circadian rhythms, is in the afternoon sometime between 2 and 4pm.
The ideal time to snooze is when a nap would contain a good balance of slow wave and REM sleep. This balance typically occurs 6 to 8 hours after waking.
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There's no such thing as a single perfect time to take a nap, but a commonly recommended window. For most people, early afternoon is best.
We are biphasic sleepers: we pack in most of our sleep at night, but most people's brains experience a dip in alertness somewhere between 1 and 4 p.m.
It is the state of impaired cognition, grogginess, and disorientation commonly experienced on awakening from sleep.
This is why most experts suggest avoiding naps between 40 and 60 minutes in length.
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It is important to leave at least a couple of hours between eating and sleeping.
There is a whole raft of so-called sleepy foods – anything containing tryptophan, serotonin, melatonin, magnesium, calcium, potassium – often eaten in the hope they will aid sleep.
If you do want to eat these foods, do it because it’s a nice ritual, not because you need it to sleep.
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People who sleepwalk usually are advised to keep their room safe by locking windows and doors, and to maintain what’s called good sleep hygiene: keep to a regular sleep routine, turn mobile phones off, avoid stimulants, and so on. Sleepwalking can often occur as a result of poor or disrupted sleep.
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