Sometimes all I want to do after a long day is crawl in bed & take a nap. It feels so good, right? It is good! Studies in adults show that sleep may heighten certain mental functions such as memory, reasoning, & problem-solving, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). It sounds like a great idea in theory. But why do I feel more tired after a nap? Has that ever happened to you? I wake up from a nap all groggy & out of it. Well, there's a reason! A few reasons. Here are some tips & tricks to get the most out of your nap.

Keep it brief - Keep that nappy nap short, my friend. Ideally, you're looking to do a 20 to 30 minute nap. "Even just napping for a few minutes has benefits. Longer naps can lead to grogginess," according to Harvard Health Publications (HHP).

Keep it dark & quiet - Have you ever tried taking a nap in the scorching heat? Good luck. It's difficult to get to sleep when you're sweating & wriggling around. People tend to get to sleep faster when they reduce the amount of light & noise around them (HHP).

Keep naps for the (early) afternoon - The best time for your to take a nap is in the early afternoon -- 2 to 3 p.m. When you take your nap earlier it's less likely to interfere with your nighttime sleep, according to the MayoClinic. If you're off work at 6 p.m. & want to get a lil shut eye, you may find it hard to get to sleep come actual bedtime. 

Keep yourself relaxed - If you're all stressed out, you probably won't get a very restful sleep. If you relax or do something to help you decompress, it may make it easier for you to pass out, according to NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NINDS). 

Obviously, this is not intended to be medical advice, but merely to answer common questions. Any other concerns or questions should be brought up with your doctor. Do you like to take naps? Have you ever felt more tired after a nap & wondered why? When was the last time you took one? Preschool or recently...? :]

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