4. Have Some Coffee Before Your Nap
Napping is better than coffee for actually restoring energy, rather than just masking a problem, but caffeine can help some people feel more alert after a nap.
If you struggle to wake up once you’ve gotten some shut-eye, try having a cup of coffee before your half-hour nap. The caffeine should take some time to kick in, so you’ll still be able to sleep, but by the time you wake up it will be coursing through your body and telling you to wake up.
5. Give Yourself a 4pm Cut Off
The middle of the afternoon is generally the best time for naps, since your body will be in something of a post-lunch lull, or possibly suffering from work-induced exhaustion after concentrating all morning.
That said, napping too late can interfere with your sleep, so make sure you finish your nap sometime between 3pm and 4pm.
6. Don’t Nap if You Can’t Nap
Napping isn’t for everyone. If you find that regardless of length and time of day, napping interferes with your sleep at night or leaves you feeling worse rather than better, don’t push it.
Instead, find ways to perk yourself up throughout the day that don’t involve sleeping, like healthy snacks or light exercise.
7. Take a Stroll Outside Instead
If you don’t have time to nap, can’t nap where you work, or find that napping makes you more tired or interferes with your nighttime sleeping, taking a brisk walk outside might help to boost your energy levels.
Getting into the sunlight will boost your core temperature and prevent your body from making sleep-inducing melatonin.
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