The perfect Thanksgiving nap begins at 2:57 pm and lasts for 42 minutes, according to new research.

The survey of 2,000 Americans who celebrate Thanksgiving revealed the best naps occur after watching a football game, as well as after the big meal and any dessert.

Thanksgiving cooks should take it as a compliment if their guests are napping: 76% said taking a nap after the Thanksgiving meal is a sign of contentment with the food.

Commissioned by Avocado Green Mattress and conducted by OnePoll, the survey found naps peak during the holiday season.

Six in 10 respondents (58%) said they’re more likely to take naps during the holiday season than any other time of the year, which might be due to the effect the holiday season has on Americans’ sleep.

For younger respondents, the holiday season actually improves their sleep. Fifty-nine percent of Gen Z and 60% of millennial respondents said they get better sleep during the holidays.

But only a third (34%) of Gen X and a fifth of baby boomers surveyed said the same; instead, they were more likely to report their sleep being unchanged during the holidays (52% and 68%, respectively).

Unfortunately, that might not be good news for older Americans: Just a fifth of Gen X and baby boomers surveyed reported receiving high-quality sleep throughout the rest of the year.

“This time of year can be particularly stressful, and we know that sleep is one of the top indicators of our well-being,” says John Davies, Avocado’s senior director of brand editorial and sustainability, in a release. “So getting a healthy nap—or a restorative night’s rest—is always important, but it’s essential during the holiday season.”

Eighty-four percent of respondents believe getting better sleep helps them to be a better person, and the same number said being well-rested helps them prioritize in their lives.

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