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5 Ways to Make Napping Easier

Whether you didn’t log as many hours of sleep as you wanted to last night or you just feel more tired than usual, a 20-minute nap may be just what you need. In that short amount of time, you can improve your mood and energy level, and make it easier to focus and perform tasks. While napping sounds simple, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure that you do it the right way. First up, keep your nap to around 20 minutes—any longer means that you may wake up feeling groggier than before. Then, you’ll want to time it for the early or mid afternoon—between 2:00pm and…

When Will Your Toddler Be Ready for a Single Nap?

Chances are, by the time your baby is a year old, you’ve finally settled into a comfortable rhythm of a morning and afternoon nap. But for most toddlers, somewhere between the first birthday and the second, that second nap disappears. While you may worry about your little one getting all the sleep that she needs with only a single siesta, being ready to shift to one nap is actually a sign that she’s sleeping more deeply at night—and that’s a good thing. Consolidating naps also leaves more time in the day to be out and about without sacrificing sleep. The big question is when to make the switch. There are a few different ways…

Is Your Child Ready to Stop Napping?

Naps: Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. At least that’s how it can feel when your child fights an afternoon nap so much that you spend as much time trying to get him down as he spends actually sleeping. The million-dollar question is, does he not need the nap anymore? Or does he just not want to nap because it’s more fun to play? There are plenty of reasons that naps are essential for small children, and not just because you need a break to load the dishwasher (and check Facebook). Sleep is essential for both the physical and mental development that is happening at breakneck speed from birth through the preschool years—and…

The Best Time for Your Baby's Morning Nap

Getting your baby to sleep the right amount and at the right times can be a sanity-saver as a new parent. But figuring out just what that means can be a puzzle in itself. Luckily there are some patterns that many parents and pediatricians alike swear by. While newborns tend to snooze much of the day, when they’re around three or four months old, many babies start to consolidate their sleep into two to three naps a day, starting with an hour or two in the morning. More important than the precise time that this nap happens is the spacing. Babies can keep their eyes open for only a limited period of time—about two…

Colleges and Universities Create Nap Rooms for Students

College students are notorious for pulling all-nighters when big papers are due or finals are on the horizon, but sacrificing sleep has consequences. In fact, not getting enough shuteye may take as much of a toll on an undergraduate’s academic performance as drinking too much. So a growing number of colleges are reaching out a hand—in the form of special napping facilities—to help underslept students. A nap will never totally replace a good night’s sleep, but it can be a lifeline to students who are camped out at the library while they study, or to those who commute to their classes and don’t have time to go home in between them. Snoozing for about 20…

How to Sleep Better on a Bus

Whether you’re traveling across the state or the country, busses are often the most cost-efficient mode of travel. While they won’t break the bank, most bus lines aren’t known for cushy comfort. That can certainly make dozing off a challenge. But fear not, weary traveler, because if you steal these tricks, you’ll be snoozing before you even hit the highway. Master Sleeping Upright. Unless you’re lucky enough to have an empty seat next to you, which might allow you to lie down, you’ll have to sleep in a seated position. In order to fall into deep REM sleep, your muscles need to be relaxed. A neck pillow can come in handy, because it provides a…

When To Put Your Baby Down for an Afternoon Nap

Avoid naptime wars with these four sleep-saving strategies. With a baby in the house, naptime can become either a desperately needed break or one more battle to fight. But knowing how to time it right may help you call a truce—and make sure that your little one gets the sleep that she needs. From after the newborn period (about four months) until sometime after the first year, most babies nap twice a day: an hour or two in the morning and an hour or two in the afternoon. Some babies even add a third late afternoon nap, though it usually disappears by about nine months. While there’s no magic formula for naps—or for any part…

Is it OK to Fall Asleep in the Sun?

The warmth may feel good, but find out whether it’s safe to snooze outdoors. Lying down in the sun—whether in a hammock, on a beach towel, or in a comfy, reclining deck chair—will give most people the overwhelming urge to nod off. If you’re one of the 40 percent of Americans who doesn’t get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night, you’re likely already feeling drowsy just thinking about that scenario. Combine that with the warm rays and perhaps a margarita, and you’ll be headed to dreamland before you can say, “Pass me the sunscreen.” Speaking of sunscreen, make sure that you slather it on before falling asleep. From a sleep perspective,…

What’s The Best Time Of The Day To Nap?

Knowing when to sneak in shuteye during the day can be the difference between feeling rested and groggy. You probably know that the simple act of napping is full of health benefits. It can help you feel recharged, boost your mood, reduce stress, and more. While napping is something that everyone has done since they were babies, there’s actually an art to it. To do it right, don’t sleep for too long (20- to 30-minute naps are often best), and be sure that you nap at the right time of day. The best hour for most people to nap is between 2:00pm and 3:00pm. That’s because you’ve already eaten lunch and your blood…

What is a Power Nap?

Learn how to use daytime sleep to boost both energy and productivity. Think napping is only for the preschool and under set? Think again. Naps can be a boon for both your health and your productivity—a big reason some companies are making daytime sleep a part of their corporate ethos. A power nap is a nap that’s long enough to get you through the day, but not so long that it makes you groggy or unable to sleep at night. For a nap that will power you up, follow these simple rules. Set an Alarm. Twenty minutes is the sweet spot for nap length if you want to wake up feeling alert, cheerful, and…