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Many experts advise to keep the nap between 15 and 30 minutes, as sleeping longer gets you into deeper stages of sleep, from which itís more difficult to awaken. Also, longer naps can make it more difficult to fall asleep at night, especially if your sleep defecit is relatively small. However, research has shown that a 1-hour nap has many more restorative effects than a 30-minute nap, including a much greater improvement in cognitive functioning. The key to taking a longer nap is to get a sense of how long your sleep cycles are, and try to awaken at the end of a sleep cycle. (Itís actually more the interruption of the sleep cycle that makes you groggy, rather than the deeper states of sleep.)

As there are pros and cons to each length of sleep, you may want to let your schedule decide: if you only have 15 minutes to spare, take them! But if you could work in an hour nap, you may do well to complete a whole sleep cycle, even if it means less sleep at night. If you only have 5 minutes to spare, just close your eyes; even a brief rest has the benefit of reducing stress and helping you relax a little, which can give you more energy to complete the tasks of your day. Top
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How to NOT Get Kicked in the Face!
Kicked in the face That's got to hurt!

14 months ago: Chelsea's John Terry, right, is accidentally kicked in the face by Arsenal's Vassiriki Diaby, left, during a match against Arsenal in the English League Cup final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Rebecca Naden/PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT.

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