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Power napping to boost your energy

Need to recharge? Don't reach for caffeine. Believe it or not, napping may be just what you need to boost your energy. But only if you do it the right way. We're going to tell you how.

America Now's Asha Blake says, "Power napping...it's one of the healthiest, most productive things you can do to give yourself a boost when that afternoon slump sets in."

Guy: "I've read that it is not good to take naps because since I have insomnia it's actually going to be harder for me to fall asleep at night."

Girl: "When I come home from class, one of the first things I want to do is take a nap."

Doctor: "I rarely take naps but I sure do like them when I get to. It's a very, big luxury."

For whatever reasons, most of us don't take advantage of a quick snooze.

But Dr. Susan Sprau, a leading sleep disorders expert, says a power nap is just what the doctor ordered - no matter how old you are.

"Naps are good for everyone because it allows the brain to recharge," says Sprau, "When your brain is awake, the hormones that are contributing to being awake tend to keep the brain from getting as much circulation as when you are asleep the cells aren't going to be able to function as well. So memory, creativity, concentration, mood, your ability to deal with aggravating situations and the ability to interact smoothly with other people, are all improved with power naps."

"Is the perception of napping changing? Because employers are now setting up spaces for employees to nap?" asks Blake

"There is scientific data that is showing the bosses that people are more productive when they have the ability to take power naps. So I think we are headed in the right direction," says Sprau.

"Is there a good way to power nap?," asks Blake.

"The best way of course would be to be in a quiet room, separate from your desk," answers Sprau, "But, that's not always possible. So, you can just put your head down on your desk and turn the cell phone off try to put the lights down dim. I've had some of my patients who go to their car during their lunch hour and take a 15-minute power nap."

"If you take a nap in the afternoon, is that going to adversely affect your sleep later at night?," asks Blake.

"As long as the nap has finished at least 5 hours before your bedtime, it probably won't affect your sleep at night," says Sprau.

So give yourself a healthy re-boot and take a power nap.

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