Some of the world's great minds savored midday naps. Brahms, Napoleon and Churchill understood the benefits of a siesta.
According to sleep researchers, "the urge to nap in the afternoon is nearly universal."
Here are some tips for a restful nap:
1. Short naps are better--even a mere 10 minutes.
2. Don't nap close to your bedtime.
3. Not everyone feels better after a nap. Those people need to find other ways to get through a midday slump such as a brisk walk.
If you are experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness, speak to your doctor. You may be suffering from depression, sleep apnea, medication effects, or another health issue.