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Naps are, oddly enough, a slightly controversial thing. Many of us may have memories of Grandpa falling asleep in his chair, or believe that naps are strictly for babies and toddlers. Some may even view adult naps for only the lazy. However, technically speaking, for most folks, it can be extremely beneficial. Napping can raise your alertness, memory and performance. In addition, it can lower stress and blood pressure levels by giving your mind rest and your body healing time.

Keep in mind, however, due to the cycles of sleep and your personal genetic makeup, it's important to tailor your nap to the duration that most benefits you. Taking a siesta between 1:00-3:00pm for 90-minutes is most beneficial. In this amount of time, your REM sleep is able to run one full cycle.

Best known as the "power nap", this snooze is no more than a 20-minute sleep. In order to prevent post-nap grogginess, it's important to wake up at the 20-minute mark before your body slips into a Stage 3 slow wave sleep.

If you're pressed for time and your day doesn't seem suited for such a nap, try carving out even 6-7 minutes for some shut eye in a comfortable spot. For some, that might mean reclining a seat in your car during lunch break. For others, just curling up on the couch while your kids work on homework can do the trick.

Always remember to provide yourself with kindness. So, shooting for an earlier bed time of simply 15-minutes each night can aid in daytime sleepiness prevention.