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Experts say if you like to nap, be careful about how you do it because it can wreak havoc on your nighttime sleep by causing a sleep-wake change in your biological clock.
Remember that a long nap starts resetting your body clock and can make it more difficult to fall asleep that night. When napping, try to follow these rules to avoid this:
- Limit naps to 30 minutes or less and you will get the maximum benefit without wrecking your ability to sleep normally that night
- Take a nap sometime between 1 and 3 pm
- If you nap after 3 pm you increase the risk of disrupting your sleep that night