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What is the best time for a nap?

The ideal time to nap is about eight hours after you awaken. This is when the body naturally takes a little dip in temperature as part of your normal biological rhythm (hence the afternoon lull for most—it’s more a factor of your circadian rhythm than your lunch). A human’s natural sleep pattern is biphasic, so twice during a twenty-four-hour period we all experience a drop in core body temperature that invites sleep. From a cultural perspective, this is probably why siestas came to be.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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