Napping 101: The Benefits, Dos + Don’ts Of Mid-Day Snoozing

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What Time Should You Nap?

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If you find your eyes feeling heavy after lunchtime, it’s not just that burrito bowl you had – alertness tends to drop between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for most. This is also the optimal time to squeeze in a nap. Taking one much later than 3 p.m. could interfere with your regular sleep schedule. (Pro tip: if you take an hour lunch break, dedicate 30 minutes to eating and 30 minutes to slumber to return to work feeling fully energized).

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