Skip Nav
Diet Tips
Do These 6 Things on Sunday to Lose Weight All Week Long
Inner Thigh Exercises
All-Time-Best Inner-Thigh Exercises
Anna Kaiser
The Secret to Losing Fat and Toning Your Backside

Napping 101

Most people I know, with my 3-year-old being the unfortunate exception, like to take naps. Napping is good for the health of your heart and reducing your stress level. You can maximize the benefits of your nap using these tips from the good old docs at the Harvard School of Health.

  • Work with your circadian rhythm: Plan to take your nap at a good time in your daily sleep-wake cycle; for many people, sometime between noon and 4 p.m. is best.
  • Keep it short and sweet: Don’t sleep too long; a 20- to 40-minute nap may refresh your day without keeping you up at night.
  • Wake up slowly: Give yourself 10 to 15 minutes to wake up fully before you resume a demanding task.

I hear my pillow calling around 3 p.m. How about you?


Join The Conversation
CupcakeGal10 CupcakeGal10 8 years
My sleepiness hits at 4 p.m on the dot every day!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i always wish that i had time to nap during the day -b ut i think that they frown upon that at work. i did see that some companies have pods that you can nap in - but my company isn't modern enough to do that. we're all about working 24/7
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 8 years
I hate napping. It's so hard to sleep for only a few minutes. The only way I take naps now is if I absolutely have to be somewhere at a certain time (i.e. class) and can force myself to get out of bed. Otherwise, I could sleep all day. Then I feel gross/cranky when I wake up.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I napped for half an hour yesterday and it made me feel rubbish... hehehehe... I try not to nap.
Lavinie Lavinie 8 years
i love a good nap.. but it's very true - you sleep too long - then your worse off.. always better to keep it between 20-40 min.. i try not to go over 30..
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
I like 10 - 20 min naps... it just enough recharge time :P
Spectra Spectra 8 years
If I'm feeling really tired, I take a nice 30 minute nap after work. It feels SO good and I never have issues falling asleep at night after that.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I used to work out a large office that had a "quiet room." The lights were always low, and you could go crash for a half hour or so in the middle of the day, which is basically what it was for. It was awesome.
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 8 years
I suck at napping. I set my alarm for 30 minutes or so, but when it actually goes off I ignore the alarm and go back to sleep for another 2 hours. Then I wake up tired and cranky. I never nap anymore unless I absolutely cannot stay awake (or am really bored).
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 8 years
I can't without having trouble falling asleep at night, so I'd rather not.
beram1220 beram1220 8 years
I sometimes take my lunch break around 2 and nap. I work at a University so there are comfy couches everywhere! Problem is I don't always fall asleep right away and then I have trouble waking up and getting back within an hour.
emsmiley emsmiley 8 years
I nap during lunch. Whether it's the whole hour or 20 minutes, every minute keeps me going till 5 pm. One trick of mine is to set my cell phone alarm for 12:50. i don't leave until 1, but it helps me to "wake up" rather than stumble out of the car when I've overslept! :)
facin8me facin8me 8 years
There's a couch on one of the bridges in one of the buildings where I work. I always eye it longingly around 3pm, as it would be a perfect napping couch.
foxie foxie 8 years
While other people at my work take long smoke breaks, I sneak out to my car and nap. Favorite part of my day!
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
Every day around 3:00, I feel like I could lay down for 30 minutes or so, especially in the summer. Alas, I am always in a hot kitchen and it would probably be a bad thing to fall asleep while preparing someone's meal!
photodee photodee 8 years
I love naps! Too bad my son has outgrown them, but I still enjoy them - when I can squeeze one in that is :)
puddlesworth puddlesworth 8 years
If I went to bed really late I always get tired in the middle of the day and fall asleep for a few hours, even if I wasn't tired when I woke up.
nv27 nv27 8 years
When I nap, I stay asleep as long as my body wants to. I figure if I stay asleep for a couple hours in the middle of the day, my body must need it. And besides, it just feels nice sometimes.
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
Napping is so lovely. When I nap I try to keep it at around 45 minutes, because like Fit said it'll mess you up if you sleep longer. I have some loud neighbors above me but I sleep with a white noise machine and have earplugs and an eye mask.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
I cant plan my naps like that. lol Naps for me just happen, I wake up whenever I wake it. I dont have an internal clock that will wake me up within 20-40mins.
Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Recipe
Banana Peel Smoothie
Good Fats
Healthy Kitchen Hacks For Weight Loss
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds