A mid-afternoon nap of just 10 minutes can help you stay alert for more than two hours when you're sleep deprived, according to research from the journal Sleep. But it's not just insomniacs who benefit from some midday Zzs. Napping can also improve alertness, performance, creativity and provide a slew of other benefits among the well-rested and yawning masses alike, says psychology professor and nap researcher Sara Mednick, Ph.D., in her book Take a Nap! So how can you harness the power of the restorative nap? Read on for our expert-approved tips for the perfect snooze.
When To Nap There's a time and a place for playing catch-up, and while some strategies are universal, others will depend a bit more on your individual lifestyle.