I am proud to say that while I studied abroad in Spain, I became a professional napper. Every single day I would come home for lunch and eat with my host family, and then proceed to conk out for 20-30 minutes. I learned how to nap and do it well, and now I have come back to tell you the way of the siesta.
Napping is best in the early to mid-afternoon, after a good lunch. Having some food in your belly can increase those tryptophan levels and make you feel sleepy and cozy.
Before you go to sleep, one of the best things you can do is drink a small cup of coffee. I know, I know, right now you think I am crazy. But the truth is that many people complain about not being able to wake up from a nap, and the caffeine from the coffee will kick in as soon as it is time for you to get out of bed, making your make up transition easier.
Now, speaking of waking up easily, make sure you sleep for no more than 30 minutes, or else it will be really hard for you to wake up. You will begin to go deeper into your REM cycle, meaning that you have to sleep for at least 90 minutes at that point in order to actually feel rested afterward. So, keep your nap short and sweet and you will wake up feeling rejuvenated and ready for the rest of the day!