If you like the idea of napping but have difficulty waking up after 20 minutes, drink a cup of coffee right before you lay down. As caffeine takes about 15 to 20 minutes to take physical effect, you can wake up from your nap ready to conquer the world just as the caffeine high starts kicking in.
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Not just for cranky preschoolers, afternoon naps are a great way to recharge your problem-solving skills, creativity, and general productivity for the second half of your day. Try napping in a dark, quiet place—or use an eye mask and ear plugs. Keep your nap time to under 30 minutes—or if you are really exhausted and can afford the extra time, nap for a full sleep cycle of 90 minutes.
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For more napping tips, check out this WonderHowTo guide on perfecting the art of the 10-minute power nap.