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Health Tip: Get the Most From Your Nap

Don't sleep for more than 30 minutes

(HealthDay News) -- As more people join the ranks of the sleep-deprived, experts say a daily nap may do a world of good. Then again, poor napping habits can leave you groggier than before.

The National Sleep Foundation offers this advice about feeling refreshed after a nap:

  • Keep your nap to no more than 30 minutes. Sleeping longer can make you feel groggy, and cause you to have trouble sleeping at night.
  • Nap in a comfortable environment that's cool, dark and quiet.
  • Don't nap too late in the day, to avoid interfering with bedtime.
  • Don't nap too early in the day either, as your body may not be ready for sleep again.
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