Af­ter a bad night’s sleep, you find your­self prac­ti­cally drift­ing off on line at the gro­cery store.

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SO­LU­TION: If you have in­som­nia, skip the nap, ad­vises Michael Breus, PHD, a sleep spe­cial­ist in Man­hat­tan Beach, CA, and au­thor of The Power of When. If you don’t have in­som­nia, take a nap but keep it short to avoid mess­ing up your sleep at night. His so­lu­tion (which he calls “nap-a-latte”): Quickly drink 6 ounces of luke­warm drip cof­fee, which has the high­est caf­feine con­tent, then take a 25-minute nap. “You will get your stage 1 and stage 2 sleep [see “The Stages of Sleep,” page 92], which will make you feel less sleepy, and the caf­feine will kick in at 25 min­utes,” Breus ex­plains. Af­ter that, you should feel alert and en­er­gized for at least four hours.

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