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    The Secret (and Surprising) Power of Naps

    Need to recharge? Don't lean on caffeine -- a power nap will boost your memory, cognitive skills, creativity, and energy level.

    Napping Tips

    Research has found that napping regularly may reduce stress and even decrease your risk of heart disease. To get the most out of a power snooze, follow these quick tips from Mednick:

    Be consistent. Keep a regular nap schedule. Prime napping time falls in the middle of the day, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

    Make it quick. Set your cell phone alarm for 30 minutes or less if you don't want to wake up groggy.

    Go dark. Nap in a dark room or wear an eye mask. Blocking out light helps you fall asleep faster.

    Stay warm. Stash a blanket nearby to put over you because your body temperature drops while you snooze.

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    Reviewed on November 29, 2011

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