Classic Hacks: Try A Weekend Afternoon Nap To Catch Up On Sleep

Take Naps on Saturday Afternoon to Avoid Monday Grogginess

There's always a temptation to sleep late on the weekends, especially after a long week of not quite getting enough sleep. However mucking with your regular weekday sleep schedule is only going to make you more tired on Monday morning, no matter how much sleep you try to catch up on.

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This advice comes from a Vox article that we picked up on back in 2014:

Bernie Miller, supervisor of the Sleep Disorders Center at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, suggests that napping for up to 30 minutes between the hours of noon to 4PM on Saturday will help you get that feeling of catching up without blowing your entire circadian rhythm.

Just remember not to sleep for any longer than 30 minutes, or you'll be more groggy and tired when you wake up from your nap.

Lifehacker's Classic Hacks is a regular segment where we dig up the most popular, useful and offbeat advice from our archives and update it for your modern lifestyle.


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