Should You Skip Your Afternoon Nap?

December 11, 2017 Updated: December 11, 2017

“While sleeping too much during a midday nap may be harmful to the natural circadian rhythm, 20 to 30 minutes of napping will actually improve overall function throughout the day and even give you an evening boost, while not generally having any negative effects on how we sleep at night,” explained Dr. Benjamin Smarr, sleep research expert at the National Institutes of Health.

Research has revealed that naps may improve mood, reaction time, logical reasoning, and symbol recognition.

It’s important to remember that although naps can provide some benefits, time is a large factor. Set a timer to keep your naps short so that they don’t disrupt your nighttime sleep. Also, ensure that you aren’t napping too close to when you actually go to sleep.

As long as you adhere to these tips, you can enjoy the benefits of naps.

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