While closing your eyes for a few minutes during your busy day may seem like a good idea, it’s important to consider the effects napping may bring.
The time of day and length of time you nap can provide benefits or create problems. Knowing when to nap and providing yourself with a suitable environment to nap will produce the greatest benefits.
– Dr Tiffany Casper Mayo Clinic Health System family physician
So before lying down to take your daily nap, you may want to think about the reason you began taking these naps. Two of the drawbacks of napping include:
Sleep inertia, which can involve waking up feeling groggy and disoriented after taking a nap. It can become a problem if you have places to be or tasks to complete after you wake up from your nap.
Night-time sleep problems, which can arise if your naps are too long or too close to bedtime.
That being said, naps can be beneficial under circumstances and in small dosages. So here some tricks to make your naps more effective.
Try to set aside an allotted amount of time. If you wake up feeling groggy after a nap, you’re probably sleeping too long. Between 15 and 30 minutes is the ideal length for a nap.
You can also plan to take naps only in the afternoon. Since the afternoon is the time of day you are likely to experience a lower level of alertness or sleepiness following lunch, around 2 or 3pm is the optimal time to nap.