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by Christy Taylor

The next time someone gives you a hard time for needing an afternoon nap, just tell them youre not getting older, youre getting SMARTER!

A City University of New York study found that people who nap have sharper memories.

BUT-Timing is everything.

Follow these guidelines for a perfect naptime :

10 minutes - a good quick fix. It immediately wards off fatigue and boosts brain power for at least 2 more hours.

20 minutes- youll have delayed benefits. . It will improve your reaction time and thought clarity. But, itll take you at least 35 minutes to shake off that mental fog of taking 20

30 minutes- gives you a healthy boost. Youll feel drowsy for about 5 minutes, but then more mentally fit for 90. (still, a 10 minute nap is better; you avoid the hangover effect of a deeper sleep)

45 to 90 minutes- no help at all. You drift into deep sleep without completing a full sleep cycle. Youll often feel worse after you wake up than before

90 to 110 minutes - signs of trouble. Habitual napping may be a sign of a disorder.