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How do you power nap?

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A power nap is a very brief period of rest, often lasting between 20 to 30 minutes, that can completely rejuvenate you. All you need is a relatively quiet spot, a comfortable place to lie down and a device with an alarm.

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  1. Choose your setting

    Find the right location, and get comfortable. A spot that is out of the way and relatively quiet is best, and dim lighting may help you relax. If you cannot completely shut out the noise of the outside world, try playing some soft music or white noise.

  2. Set your alarm for 20 to 30 minutes

    Set your alarm for a short period of time; 20 to 30 minutes is a good length for most nappers. When you fall asleep, your consciousness follows a rhythm of light sleep periods followed by deep unconsciousness. If you nap too long, you risk waking up in the depths of your sleep cycle. This can leave you tired and more groggy than you were before your nap.

  3. Find your rhythm

    Experiment with the length of your naps until you find the best length for you. If a 30-minute nap does not leave you refreshed, try adding 10 minutes to your next nap.

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