3 Tips for Taking the Greatest Nap of Your Life

Sophie Miura

If you've ever experienced the joy of a perfectly timed restorative nap, you'll understand just how energizing catching some extra zzz's can be. We came across The List App user Sabrina Markandu's tips for taking a perfect nap and just had to share. Keep scrolling for our edit of the top tips to take the best nap of your life. You can thank us later. 

Set a Time Limit

Research suggests the best amount of time to nap is 10 to 20 minutes or longer than 90 minutes. Why? During the first 20 minutes of sleep, your body enters the lightest sleep stage known as non-rapid eye movement or non-REM. Napping in this phase will allow you to wake up feeling rested, not exhausted. 

Change Your Alarm

Waking up to the sound of your normal morning alarm tone can be a rude jolt back to reality. A good nap should make you feel rested and energized, not cranky. Before you hit the pillow, change your alarm to a calm, melodic tone. When you hear it go off, it'll pull you back to consciousness without confusion.

Sleep in a New Position

If you tend to fall asleep in the same position each night, change it up when you nap. "I sleep on my stomach at night so when I take a nap, I sleep exclusively on my back," explains Markandu. "I wake up in the same position and immediately remember I just took a nap and not a full-on sleep."

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