The Right Way to Take a Nap, According to Science

If you wake up from naps feeling even groggier than before, this is for you.

Few things are as delightful as getting the chance to take an afternoon nap. The only problem is sometimes those much-needed zzzs make you feel even sleepier than you did before your head hit the pillow. Luckily the guys at AsapSCIENCE have made this video, which shows you exactly how to have a refreshing snooze.

Taking a power nap is far more effective than slamming down coffee and energy drinks during your midday slump — you just have to do it right. Even though you may feel so tired you think you could sleep for a full 8 hours, when it comes to napping, less is more. The key? Keep your nap to 30 minutes or less, which only allows you to enter the first two stages of sleep.

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If you enter stage three, which is when deep sleep begins, you'll experience sleep inertia when you wake and feel even groggier than before. You'll likely just want to go back to bed, which totally defeats the purpose of napping in the first place. These quickie naps make it possible to reenergize during your lunch break and still eat lunch. Then when you go back to your desk, you'll be ready to show the rest of the day who's boss.

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