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The Power of Naps

Power Naps are a great way to boost your energy in the middle of the day! If you are feeling drowsy and tired and still have a ton of homework to do, take a 20-30 minute power nap! It doesn’t take too much time and helps increase productivity. 1. They are most effective if they last 15-20 minutes; 2. They are good of alertness and motor performance 3. BETTER than caffeine. Caffeine just postpones your fatigue, while power naps actually get rid of it. Best time of day to take a nap: 1-3 p.m. If taken after 4 p.m., you may disturb your sleep at night. Sources + More Info: 1, 2, 3 Happy napping!

Sleep Cycles

Lately I’ve been so exhausted, it’s crazy. However, I found a simple solution to waking up refreshed and energetic every time: the REM cycle concept. Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night? Just kind of acknowledged the fact that you’re awake and it’s not yet time to get up, and then went straight back to sleep? Chances are, it wasn’t any noise that woke you up- you simply finished one of your REM cycles. Sometimes what happens to me is if I wake up during the night, hang out for a little bit and try to go back to bed, I’ll feel too awake to fall asleep right away. This means that the key to feeling super awake and energetic in the morning is waking up at the end of any REM cycle.That way, no matter how many hours you have slept (or haven’t slept!), you will not interrupt your sleep in the middle of the cycle and force yourself out of bed. Another cool thing I learned the other day is that the earlier …