Dear DMC
Here is one of those delightful “scientists have discovered” pieces – with a verdict on the ideal length of a nap.  To avoid unnecessary suspense, I can reveal that the answer is somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes.


Steve Reszetniak
Wide awake in London (most of the time)


Dear Steve,

A delightful article indeed. I was on the edge of my chair reading the various views about the recommended length of the nap. I gather the consensus is 20 minutes. Longer than that risks falling into a deep sleep. Deep sleep can lead to grogginess when you wake up.

I like the clever idea of drinking coffee just before taking the nap. Coffee takes about 20 minutes to kick in and wake you up.