How Long Should Your Nap Be So You Can Still Get a Good Night's Sleep?

PHOTO: For those who are sleep deprived, a short nap, position can be helpful, even if the commuter only falls into the lighter stages of sleep.

We oftentimes hear that Americans are getting less sleep than is recommended. This is why more doctors are discussing sleep hygiene strategies with their patients. These are certain strategies and techniques that people can apply to their daytime routine that can ultimately allow them to sleep better at night.

In addition, doctors are suggesting that if you need to take a nap try to take it in the earlier part of the day and not to exceed 15 minutes. As you'll often hear, exercise can help promote better sleep, just remember that working out between 4 to 6 hours before bedtime may increase your heart rate and have you up all night.

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