Rules for Napping to Limit Sleep Problems

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When is it best to nap so that I don't destroy my nighttime sleep?

Rules for Napping to Limit Sleep Problems

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



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