Sleep Robbers

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A midday doze doesn’t make you old. It makes you smart. A 2010 City University of New York study found that people who nap have sharper memories. But not just any nap will do: Use our guide to find your sweet spot.

10 Minutes

A quick fix: Napping for 10 minutes immediately wards off fatigue and boosts brainpower for at least 2 ½ hours, an Australian study found. A 5-minute nap? No help.

What your sleeping position says about your personality.

20 Minutes

Delayed benefits: Doubling down will improve your reaction time and performance on alphanumeric tasks. But not right away—it takes at least 35 minutes to shake off the postnap mental fog from “taking 20.” Continue reading

Five simple Solutions to Prolong Sleep

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Does the question “How’d you sleep?” make you want to scream?  Here are the five most common types of middle-of-the-night sleep problems, and what to do about them.

Problem #1: You’re awake for no reason, with your mind spinning.

Middle-of-the-night worrying is probably the number-one type of sleeplessness faced by people of all ages. It is very frustrating. You know you need to relax and get back to sleep, but anxious thoughts and to-do list items keep popping into your head.

What to do

1. Preserve the darkness. Keep the room dark when you wake up. Keep a small book light or mini flashlight next to your bed and use it to navigate your  Continue reading