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How Long to Take the Perfect Nap [infographic]

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Napping is associated with everything from greater mental clarity and higher rates of productivity to not wanting to dump your mid-afternoon coffee over your coworkers' heads. If you're able to sneak in a little shuteye at the office, there's a science to getting just the right amount of snooze time.

Napping is associated with everything from greater mental clarity and higher rates of productivity to not wanting to dump your mid-afternoon coffee over your coworkers’ heads. If you’re able to sneak in a little shuteye at the office, there’s a science to getting just the right amount of snooze time.

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The Wall Street Journal recently released an infographic that explains exactly how long to sleep, in order to achieve your desired results.

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For example:

Want a boost of alertness? Sleep for 10 to 20 minutes. These power naps restore energy, without allowing the body to fall into a deeper sleep that will cause grogginess down the line.

Want to remember facts better, and grogginess be damned? Sleep for 60 minutes. That’s when you’ll get the most slow-wave sleep, which will boost your memory.

Want to feel hungover? Sleep for 30 minutes, weirdo.

More sleep facts, below:

How To Take The Perfect Nap

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