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Napping 101

Most people I know, with my 3-year-old being the unfortunate exception, like to take naps. Napping is good for the health of your heart and reducing your stress level. You can maximize the benefits of your nap using these tips from the good old docs at the Harvard School of Health.


  • Work with your circadian rhythm: Plan to take your nap at a good time in your daily sleep-wake cycle; for many people, sometime between noon and 4 p.m. is best.
  • Keep it short and sweet: Don’t sleep too long; a 20- to 40-minute nap may refresh your day without keeping you up at night.
  • Wake up slowly: Give yourself 10 to 15 minutes to wake up fully before you resume a demanding task.

I hear my pillow calling around 3 p.m. How about you?

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