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How to Power Nap in 4 Simple Steps

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A power nap can’t replace a lot of missed sleep. It’s only a temporary solution until you can hit the hay for real. So nap and then get to bed earlier tonight. That’ll help keep your mind sharp and body happy. Too little sleep can wreck your concentration and mess with your weight.

You can make up a little bit of sleep on the weekend by sleeping in - but not ‘til noon. Experts say don’t sleep in more than one hour past your school days wake-up time. Getting off track on the weekend can set you up for sleep problems during the week. Here’s how to convince your parents to let you sleep a little later on Saturdays and Sundays.

Of course, you can take a nap on the weekend, too. Sunday afternoons are perfect for power naps. Just remember the power napping rules: Keep it short -- about 20-30 minutes -- and finish up before 4 p.m. or 5 p.m.

Looking for ways to re-energize that don’t involve a power nap? Try some energizing yoga. Or how about one of these three better ways to get more energy.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Daniel Brennan, MD on February 18, 2017
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