How Long Should Your Nap Be?

If you are an early riser, you know that naps are very nice to take. But, have you ever wondered how long you should, or even if you should take a nap or not.

You’ve probably heard the pros and cons of napping over the years. The latest information from a sleep doctor gives more to sleep on. Rafael Pelayo, MD, is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford Center For Sleep Sciences and Medicine. He says 20 to 40 minutes is perfect for a nap.

Pelayo also said, “It’s not that napping is good or bad. It’s the context within which the nap is done.” He said the desire to take a nap is natural. Pelayo continued, “I think we’re biologically set up to have the flexibility of catching a nap. Our body allows this.”

Do you regularly take naps? How long are they?


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