You need a nap—but you’re a parent! We’ve got you. While catching some mid-day zzzs may be more challenging once you have kids (okay, that’s an understatement), it’s not impossible. You just have to be stealthy about it. Here are some sneaky ways to sneak in that nap you’re so desperate for.
We’ve discussed how much sleep you need (at least seven hours, for most people), but often our real question is the flip side: Can you get away with less than the optimal amount, or even replace your night’s sleep with a series of round-the-clock naps?
iPhone: Naps are great, but you need to hit the sweet spot of length to get any benefit from them. Power Nap HQ is an app that helps you with just that.
Dear Lifehacker, I hear a high metabolism is good for losing weight and keeping healthy, so I try to stay active. However, I love my afternoon naps! Sometimes I'm just tired, but they keep me productive. Sleeping slows your metabolism down though. Am I undoing all my good work?
Sleeping in on Saturday may be a common indulgence, but it's bad for your sleep schedule. If you want to get in some extra snooze time on Saturday but don't want to ruin your Monday morning, nap in the afternoon instead.
Not sleeping as well as you used to? Maybe it's just you're naturally getting older. Unfortunately, since sleep is so important for protecting your mind and body physically, it's a Catch-22.
Not everyone works 9-5. When you schedule doesn't fit into neat little boxes, it can require some special skills to keep everything in order. Here are some tactics you can use to keep your energy up and maintain a bit of control.
Coffee (or caffeine) is a wonderful tool to combat our natural energy swings during the day. Over time, though, we get less and less of the cognitive benefits of drinking coffee, thanks to caffeine tolerance. One strategy for maximum focus is to switch up your coffee routine and combine it with the restorative powers…
A perfectly timed nap, set for the right amount of time, can do wonders for your brain. If you'd rather not set your alarm or you just don't know when you'll actually fall asleep, try this natural method of timing your nap, attributed to Albert Einstein, Salvador Dali, Aristotle, and other wise people.
Taking a nap, we've seen time and again, is like rebooting your brain. But napping may be as much of an art as it is a science. The Wall Street Journal offers recommendations for planning your perfect nap, including how long to nap and when.
Taking naps may seem like a luxury, but interesting and somewhat compelling research continues on the power of napping. Do you do it?
According to a growing body of research, napping is a smart thing to do. It can help refresh the mind, make you more creative, boost your intelligence, and even help you live a longer, healthier life. It's slowly gaining acceptance as part of a healthy lifestyle, even in some corporate offices. Read on as we share the…
We use our weekends to catch up on the sleep we didn't get during the week, but that doesn't make up for our bad sleeping habits. This time around, don't just catch up—upgrade your sleep so you'll get more next week.
If you've tried taking naps in the afternoon and found yourself feeling groggy after waking—if you manage to force yourself back out of bed—you may just be going about them all wrong. Even if you don't work in a job where napping is acceptable, there's a very clear reason why the best naps are the ones that are…
Naps are a great way to recharge our brains and boost our energy, but we don't always have time for long siestas. Good news: Research published in Sleep suggests the best nap length is just ten minutes.
Last week I learned that a 15-20 minute nap between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 PM could cure your afternoon slowness. Still skeptical, I thought I'd put it to the test and see if it really made a difference. Here's what I discovered.
Despite our best efforts, we're not always able to get a full night's rest. If you can't just fix your sleep problems, a quick nap might do the trick—but only if you time it just right.
No matter how carefully you plan and schedule your sleep, you're bound to have a night of bad sleep now and again. To help recover, Health Magazine recommends a technique called paradoxical relaxation to trick your brain into thinking you took a nap.
There's nothing like a power nap to restore energy and improve productivity. Now you can get the "ultimate" power nap by timing it precisely for when your body and mind may most need it, using this Take a Nap Nap Wheel.
iOS: If you're looking for a little help falling asleep, or need something to help you squeeze the most shuteye out of a power nap, Sleep Machine for iOS offers up ambient soundscapes, relaxing music, and a built in sleep timer to help you fall asleep, enjoy your nap, and wake up rested.