Sara Mednick

“Naps are for everyone but they can especially help older adults who are not sleeping well at night,” Sara Mednick, PhD, a professor of cognitive sciences at University of California, Irvine, adds. “Studies show significant benefits of naps for executive functioning and long term memory in older adults,” she says. … Dr. Mednick advises either taking a short 30-minute nap, or a 60- to 90-minute nap. … “For the best time to nap, I’d recommend six to seven hours after wake up time,” Dr. Mednick suggests, “which is usually 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.”

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