How to sleep: Study issues health warning about napping – why you should avoid the habit

For most people, the ideal nap lasts 10 to 20 minutes, according to a study published in the Oxford Academic.

The best time to nap is in the early to mid-afternoon when many people experience a natural decline in their energy levels.

Nap in a quiet, dark place with a comfortable room temperature and few distractions.

Individual factors, such as your need for sleep, your sleeping schedule, your age and your medication use, also can play a role in determining the best time of day to nap.

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