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As a general measure of sleep hygiene, naps of more than 30 minutes are not recommended.


A nap of less than 30 minutes is associated with benefits in alertness and at the level of cognitive function and mood.  

The variables that most influence how the nap can affect night sleep are the time of the nap, its duration, whether or not one is used to taking a nap and age. 

In the first years of life, naps are taken and in older people, naps of even 90 minutes are common, without a great effect on sleep being observed. 

In adults, generally, the longer the nap lasts, the less habituation and the closer the nap is to bedtime, the greater the possibility that nighttime sleep will be affected.

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