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Do you want to change your life? Take a nap!

As a nation, the United States appears to be becoming more and more sleep-deprived. It may be our busy lives that keeps us from napping. While naps do not necessarily make up for inadequate sleep or poor quality nighttime sleep, a short nap of 20-30 min can help improve mood, alertness and performance.

Napping is not for everyone, but there is a very strategic way to engage in napping to gain the benefits. Our certified health coach can explain the benefits of napping, the types of naps you can take and co-create a wellness plan with you so you can get the sleep you need.

We use the evidence-based program developed by Dr. Sara Mednick, a Harvard-trained research scientist whose napping research has gained national attention. Her research shows a quality nap:

  • Inspires creativity and heightens perception
  • Increases alertness and motor skills
  • Improves memory and rejuvenates the mind & body

MU Napping Map

Did you know there are a few great places to take a nap on MU’s campus? Take a look at our napping map.

  • A brief nap (20-30 minutes) in the early afternoon (typically before 4 pm) will energize you.
  • This type of nap provides significant benefit for improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep.
  • Your surroundings can greatly impact your ability to fall asleep.
    • Create a restful place to lie down
    • Set a cool and comfortable temperature
    • Establish a relaxing atmosphere (dark, quiet & peaceful)

Tips adopted from the National Sleep Foundation and Take a Nap! Change your life by Sara C. Mednick, Ph.D. with Mark Ehrman

For appointments, with our certified health education specialist, please email Glenda Pape.