The right time to nap is at work

Story highlights

  • Experts think of 2 to 4 p.m. is the prime nap time window.
  • With 20 minutes or less, you're taking a garden-variety power nap, which can improve your short-term alertness and performance

Although being an adult is generally cooler than being a toddler, it falls short in at least one major way: Why is nap time no longer a thing? "If you're getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night, naps can be part of a healthy sleep schedule," says Rebecca Robbins, PhD, a fellow at the NYU School of Medicine and co-author of Sleep for Success! Plus, it's not like anyone's arguing: The people want to nap. According to research commissioned by Casper, a buzzy mattress delivery startup, 66 percent of over 10,000 people surveyed would take a quick snooze more frequently if their offices had designated napping areas. (Maybe something like this Tranquility Pod?)

But it's not like everyone has been on the snooze train. "At one time we thought naps were bad for sleep and bad for us," says Natalie Dautovich, PhD, National Sleep Foundation's Environmental Scholar and assistant professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. "I think we're starting to understand [napping is] a much more complex phenomenon." Even better, experts are beginning to think a midday nap could be the key to triumphing over the dreaded afternoon energy crash.