The 3 Kinds Of Naps Everybody Needs To Know About

November 12, 2014 3:27 PM

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The 3 Kinds Of Naps Everybody Needs To Know About

In this shorty, you'll get a decent amount of stage II sleep, which is great for memory improvement, says Sara Mednick, PhD, author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life. To fall asleep faster, try progressive muscle relaxation: Tense and release all the muscles in your body, starting from your toes and working your way up.

Naps are best about six hours after you wake -- that's when your circadian rhythm dips and sleepiness rises. You'll get plenty of stage II sleep and should be able to pop right up when the alarm goes off. "You usually reach deep sleep after the first half hour," says Robert Stickgold, PhD, associate...

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