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Nap Time: Not Just for Kids

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When was the last time you saw a fellow student nod off during class? You see their eyelids start to close. Their head quickly drops down and they are jerked out of their sleepy state and back into reality.

With midterm week approaching, Syracuse students are going to be hitting the books and pulling an all-nighter or two. Studying becomes a top priority while sleeping is put on the back burner.

The average person needs eight hours of sleep in order to function properly throughout the day, though many people get much less. One way to combat drowsiness throughout the day is to take a nap. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a nap of 20 to 30 minutes can help improve your mood and alertness. Short naps can help you regain focus for a short amount of time, like if you need to finish an essay.

Naps longer than 90 minute are ultimately better because they allow you to fall into a deeper sleep. This may be a better choice than a short nap if you plan on staying up late studying. Many people feel groggy after a long nap, so it is important to give yourself some time to wake up.

Whether you want to take a long nap or just a short one, the best time to nap is in the early afternoon. Taking a nap too late in the day can change your regular sleep cycle, making it harder to fall asleep when you are actually going to bed. Try to find somewhere comfortable, dark, and quiet to nap, which will make falling asleep easier.

Ultimately, napping doesn’t replace sleep, so it’s important to try and fit in eight hours of sleep when you can.

Happy napping!

By Fiona O’Connor