How Long Should The “Perfect” Nap Be?
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If you still haven’t adjusted to the time change, a nap might help. Just don’t sleep too long …
CNBC talked to a psychologist who specializes in “behavioral sleep medicine.” And she says the sweet spot is 20 to 30 minutes.
If you nap any longer than that, you start getting into deeper stages of sleep, and can wake up feeling groggy.
Just 20 to 30 minutes is enough to give you a boost in energy, help you focus, and improve your mood.
She suggests setting an alarm for 30 minutes. That gives you five to ten minutes to fall asleep, and 20 minutes of actually sleep time.
Just don’t do it too late in the day. She says not to nap less than eight or nine hours before your normal bedtime. For most people, that means no naps after 2:00 PM or so.