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11 Tricks for Taking a Nap that Energizes You

how to take a nap

Limit the length of your snooze

Sleep experts have found that the length of your nap has a huge effect on how alert you feel afterward. It all has to do with sleep cycles. A quick power nap should last between 10 and 26 minutes (it gets this specific for a reason: NASA scientists found that a 26-minute nap improved pilot performance by 34 percent and alertness by 54 percent). An hour-long nap will trigger rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which helps improve memory, and a 90-minute snooze will get you through a full sleep cycle, which can boost creativity and emotional memory, the scientists said. Beware of sleeping for longer than 90 minutes; you’ll get drawn into “sleep inertia” and enter a new sleep cycle and won’t get any additional benefits. Plus, you could negatively affect your nighttime sleep.

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