SEE TIP: Research shows that napping is good for your health. The Harvard Health Letter offers some tips for napping:
- Keep it short. A 20- to 30-minute nap may be ideal. Even just napping for a few minutes has benefits. Longer naps can lead to grogginess.
- Find a dark, quiet, cool place. Reducing light and noise helps most people get to sleep faster. Cool temperatures are helpful, too.
- Plan on it. Waiting till sleepiness gets so bad that you have to take a nap can be dangerous if you’re driving. A regular nap time may also help you get to sleep faster and wake up quicker.
- Don’t feel guilty! A nap can make you more productive at school.
QUIT ON MONDAY TIP: Smoking is significantly linked to sleep problems, including falling asleep in the evening and staying awake during the day. A research study found that smokers were more likely to have sleep disturbances than non-smokers due to their nicotine dependency. Smokers often have trouble staying asleep, as they are prone to wake up during the night with nicotine cravings, and as a result, they are less alert in the morning than non-smokers. If you are having difficulty sleeping and you smoke, this may be another reason to consider kicking the habit.