Muhammad Ali, Leonardo da Vinci and Winston Churchill all swore by a daytime doze – so why is there a stigma attached to it?
Many people are quick to judge those who nap as ‘lazy’, without truly understanding its benefits.
Now, new graphics reveal the top tips and tricks to making the most of your afternoon shut eye.
From improving health and productivity to having a positive impact on mood and the immune system, research shows just how beneficial a quick doze can be.
Drinking coffee before a quick nap will help to boost alertness when people wake up, scientists suggest.
While studies show a 10-20 minute nap is ideal for a sharp boost in energy, experts claim.
And if you wake up at 6am, aim for a doze at around 1.30pm – but a nap would be a better idea at 3pm for those who woke at 9am.
You can function better during the afternoon by following Dreams’, the bed retailer, ultimate guide to napping.
Experts advise drinking coffee before taking a nap so it kicks in when dozers wake up
Sleep experts recommend keeping afternoon naps to fewer than 1 and a half hours to avoid interfering with night-time sleep
A short sharp nap tends to be the best way of providing an energy boost in most people, while allowing them to still sleep at night
Napping on the job is often frowned upon but more and more companies are beginning to change their ways
Napping provides health benefits, leaving some experts wondering as to why there is a stigma surrounding the afternoon doze
One sleep expert believes naps are better than coffee for providing a quick boost of energy