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If one can squeeze some time off from a day, napping is a great option to catch up on lost sleep, feel rested or increase alertness, as many famous daytime nappers like Albert Einstein or Leonardo Da Vinci would tell you.
Napping increases our cognitive function, something which is required as we are forced to work in confinement, isolation and under increased stress.
An afternoon power nap of 10 to 30 minutes are highly reccomended for increasing energy, and longer naps help in general body restoration and increased effectiveness of memory, at the cost of feeling drowsy when you wake up.
Drinking coffee before a nap helps us wake up without the feeling of drowsiness, along with more alertness.
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.
Plan your nap for the time when your body is naturally sleepier and you’re more likely to fall asleep.
Everybody, no matter if they live in a warm or cold climate or if they’ve eaten a big meal, experiences these subtle changes at bedtime and, to a lesser extent, in the afternoon — usually around six to eight hours after waking. For most people, “prime napping time falls between 1 and 3 p.m.,”