For most of my life, I hated naps. I would take them periodically, but I would wake up feeling terrible, like I had cotton balls in my head—my brain was all fuzzy. (I would also be slightly ashamed of myself for napping.) But naps can be powerful—in many ways, they are Zambonis for our brain. They smooth out all of the nicks and cuts in our mental ice that a day has left.
And I discovered something important in this research: I was doing it wrong. Here’s how to take a perfect nap.