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5 Companies That Encourage Power Napping

Need a quick refresher while on the job? Check out these forward-thinking companies that allow sleeping at the office. For millions of Americans, the idea of being able to close your eyes at work and take a quick power nap sounds like, well, a dream. Good news: More and more companies are taking the connection between sleep and wellness seriously, based on information that shows well-rested workers are more productive and happier, too. The science behind napping has long been established: A nap during the day can lower stress levels, improve your mood and increase alertness. And working a power nap into your schedule is often easy because the ideal length is only

4 Ways to Sleep Better During the Day

The sun may be shining bright but you’ll be out like a light if you follow these tips for sleep success. While many people are at their energy peak during the middle of the day, for people who work the night shift, it’s imperative that these sun-filled hours are spent sound asleep, recovering and rejuvenating body and mind for the work-night ahead. The trouble is that unless you’re a really good sleeper, you’ll likely find it more difficult to fall asleep during the day than it is at night. This is because the body’s internal clock is naturally wired so that you feel alert during daytime hours. Fortunately, there are a few steps you…

How Technology Impacts Sleep Satisfaction

Cell phones and tablets keep people connected, but do they interfere with how satisfied you feel about your sleep? Discover the truth about tech gadgets and sleep. Americans are tethered to technology, using cell phones, tablets, and laptops for more hours daily than ever before. In fact, the average person spends over 10 hours a day looking at some type of electronic screen. And bedtime routines don’t signal an end to our digital dependency: 39 percent of Americans tote their phone to bed and use it to text before tucking in. Getting a good night’s sleep is achievable when you take care to not use technology in your bedroom. Your sleep satisfaction is affected by…

5 Ways to Make Napping Easier

Whether you didn’t log as many hours of sleep as you wanted to last night or you just feel more tired than usual, a 20-minute nap may be just what you need. In that short amount of time, you can improve your mood and energy level, and make it easier to focus and perform tasks. While napping sounds simple, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure that you do it the right way. First up, keep your nap to around 20 minutes—any longer means that you may wake up feeling groggier than before. Then, you’ll want to time it for the early or mid afternoon—between 2:00pm and…

When Will Your Toddler Be Ready for a Single Nap?

Chances are, by the time your baby is a year old, you’ve finally settled into a comfortable rhythm of a morning and afternoon nap. But for most toddlers, somewhere between the first birthday and the second, that second nap disappears. While you may worry about your little one getting all the sleep that she needs with only a single siesta, being ready to shift to one nap is actually a sign that she’s sleeping more deeply at night—and that’s a good thing. Consolidating naps also leaves more time in the day to be out and about without sacrificing sleep. The big question is when to make the switch. There are a few different ways…

Is Your Child Ready to Stop Napping?

Naps: Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. At least that’s how it can feel when your child fights an afternoon nap so much that you spend as much time trying to get him down as he spends actually sleeping. The million-dollar question is, does he not need the nap anymore? Or does he just not want to nap because it’s more fun to play? There are plenty of reasons that naps are essential for small children, and not just because you need a break to load the dishwasher (and check Facebook). Sleep is essential for both the physical and mental development that is happening at breakneck speed from birth through the preschool years—and…

The Best Time for Your Baby's Morning Nap

Getting your baby to sleep the right amount and at the right times can be a sanity-saver as a new parent. But figuring out just what that means can be a puzzle in itself. Luckily there are some patterns that many parents and pediatricians alike swear by. While newborns tend to snooze much of the day, when they’re around three or four months old, many babies start to consolidate their sleep into two to three naps a day, starting with an hour or two in the morning. More important than the precise time that this nap happens is the spacing. Babies can keep their eyes open for only a limited period of time—about two…

Colleges and Universities Create Nap Rooms for Students

College students are notorious for pulling all-nighters when big papers are due or finals are on the horizon, but sacrificing sleep has consequences. In fact, not getting enough shuteye may take as much of a toll on an undergraduate’s academic performance as drinking too much. So a growing number of colleges are reaching out a hand—in the form of special napping facilities—to help underslept students. A nap will never totally replace a good night’s sleep, but it can be a lifeline to students who are camped out at the library while they study, or to those who commute to their classes and don’t have time to go home in between them. Snoozing for about 20…

How to Sleep Better on a Bus

Whether you’re traveling across the state or the country, busses are often the most cost-efficient mode of travel. While they won’t break the bank, most bus lines aren’t known for cushy comfort. That can certainly make dozing off a challenge. But fear not, weary traveler, because if you steal these tricks, you’ll be snoozing before you even hit the highway. Master Sleeping Upright. Unless you’re lucky enough to have an empty seat next to you, which might allow you to lie down, you’ll have to sleep in a seated position. In order to fall into deep REM sleep, your muscles need to be relaxed. A neck pillow can come in handy, because it provides a…

When To Put Your Baby Down for an Afternoon Nap

Avoid naptime wars with these four sleep-saving strategies. With a baby in the house, naptime can become either a desperately needed break or one more battle to fight. But knowing how to time it right may help you call a truce—and make sure that your little one gets the sleep that she needs. From after the newborn period (about four months) until sometime after the first year, most babies nap twice a day: an hour or two in the morning and an hour or two in the afternoon. Some babies even add a third late afternoon nap, though it usually disappears by about nine months. While there’s no magic formula for naps—or for any part…