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Experts say if you are taking a nap longer than 30 minutes, you are doing it wrong

Posted at 8:02 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 09:02:48-04

Springing forward into exhaustion could have many people hitting the snooze button this Monday.

Daylight saving time started on March 8 - this means the sun rises later in the morning lasting longer into the night. The time adjustment can leave people feeling tired.

According to the Sleep Foundation, taking a nap has a ton of benefits, like higher cognitive function, creativity and a better mood, but the amount of time you spend resting could get in the way of those 'nap perks.'

They explain a beneficial nap would last only ten minutes, which likely increases mood, and mental sharpness.

If a nap last 30 minutes or longer, science has proven drowsiness and fatigue will follow.

It's also important not to nap late in the day because this can make it hard to fall asleep at night. Even a short nap in the early evening can interfere with bedtime.

Fatigue and confusion following a nap often means the napper woke in the middle of a deep sleep cycle, like REM sleep. This is why shorter naps are preferred for a boost of energy.