In most of Europe and in Asian countries, particularly China, a restorative afternoon rest is part of daily life, says Sara Mednick, Ph.D, an associate professor in the department of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine, and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life. In America, daytime snoozing is still often viewed as lazy — a guilt-inducing indulgence. But the latest scientific research shows even a short early afternoon snooze can lead to better health, performance and general well-being.

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