Go take a nap!


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I'm a girl who loves to sleep, and when I can squeeze in a 20 minute to 2 hour nap I gladly take it. My mom was always worried that something was wrong with me. She thought I was anemic or I was really lazy, but truthfully I just thought it was a good idea to take a nap a day. I always felt better after taking one and I felt more awake to do my work. What's wrong with that? The answer is....Nothing. Naps are totally a good thing! 
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(yes that is me pretending to nap. Photo credits to my roommate Olivia Miller!)

Napping can help out in many ways. Such as when you have a restless night, a nap during the day can re-boost your active character. It would be worse if you didn't take a nap during the day because then you are depriving yourself of your necessary 7-8 hours of rest you need to function. Sleep deprivation can cause serious mental illness and it stresses the body which  then causes us to not live fully as we can or enjoy our day. Over time the body can become more vulnerable to diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
On a website I was reading on, the writer had said "Naps can be one the most powerful tools for self-improvement; they can increase not only our health and well-being but our intelligence and productivity as well." I couldn't agree more with this comment. Another interesting fact the writer mentioned was that the ideal pattern for human sleep is known as biphasic"-a long stretch at night along with a shorter respite during the day." The writer goes into more detail about sleep patterns and what he says are the 8 benefits for taking a nap which are
"1. Increased alertness 
2. Improves learning and working memory 
3. Prevents burnout and reverses information overload 
4. Heightens your senses and creativity
5. Improves health
6. Improves mood
7. Saves money
8. It's awesome "
I so agree with number 8 the most. If you want to check out more of these nap benefits click here.

On other websites, researchers have proven that naps are good for people to take, unless you are insomniac and have depression issues. In those two cases you should avoid taking frequent naps.
In Detroit, Director of the Henry Ford Hospital's Sleep DIsorders and Research Center,Timothy Roehrs, Ph.D., compared the alertness of people who slept eight hours daily to those who slept less but took naps and they results were equivalent to each other. He even said that napping is "clearly beneficial to someone who is a normal sleeper but who is getting insufficient sleep at night....sleep time is cumulative."

So the next time you take a nap, DON"T FEEL GUILTY! You're being healthy and it's not lazy. Pilots, shift workers, and especially students should and need to take naps because they are very useful. (I can't wait to show this to my mom!!!!) Just make sure you don't take naps in class and don't sleep for too long. Usually 20 t0 90 minutes should do the trick!

Thanks for reading :)

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It is very interesting that a correlation to napping and depression exists. Studies have actually shown that depressed people tend to nap more than those who do not face depression, but the same studies also showed that depressed nappers maintain different sleep schedules than non-depressed nappers. Regardless, maybe napping has some effect on our mood that scientists have yet to realize.

I couldn't agree with you more! Napping is by far one of my favorite things to do. Sleep is the greatest thing. I found and article about the benefits of napping! It is proven that you will be more alert, be able to reduce stress and improve brain functioning with a nap. Check out the article, it was very interesting!

This is a great blog post! I am also a huge fan of napping & am very glad to hear that it is beneficial to my day! Here's another page with some more reasons why taking a nap is such a great idea!Power Naps!

I've always hold firmly of the idea that naps balance the quotidian pattern.It is not a far-fetched kowledge that commonly college kids are severely sleep deprieved,while the vast majority of them deny it condescendingly.That being the case,a afternoon nap,when most naps take place,surely transfuse some fresh moxies to your unfinished day.

Here is the thing! When I take x≥60 naps where x represents how many minutes I sleep during a nap, I feel worse than the time I went to take that nap. The aforementioned benefits certainly do work for me, if and only if, I take less than an hour nap. 20-30 minutes should do it, 45-59min at most if I only had slept

This blog is totally relatable. Just like Tarek said, when I take naps for over a half hour, I am more groggy and tired than I was before. However, in the long run, I always feel more awake. Is there a reason for this ? I also realized when I get less sleep at night I am more awake the next morning. Sleeping seems to be different for everyone. Here are some positive effects of sleeping http://www.leejordan.org.uk/the-positives-of-sleeping

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Here is the thing! When I take x≥60 naps where x represents how many minutes I sleep during a nap, I feel worse than the time I went to take that nap. The aforementioned benefits certainly do work for me, if and only if, I take less than an hour nap. 20-30 minutes should do it, 45-59min at most if I only had slept

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Here is the thing! When I take x≥60 naps where x represents how many minutes I sleep during a nap, I feel worse than the time I went to take that nap. The aforementioned benefits certainly do work for me, if and only if, I take less than an hour nap. 20-30 minutes should do it, 45-59min at most if I only had slept less than 5 hours the night before. I have learned all that from personal experience. I am not sure how it is for the rest of the people, but that is how it works for me.

Great post Tori! I am also an avid napper, and loved that your post backs up my claims that napping is good for me! One question I did have when reading your blog was what does the number 7 reason to nap mean?? It says napping saves money, something i didn't understand! One website I looked up to answer this questions states how the more you nap, the less likely you are to have heart problems, therefore reducing your health care costs:http://digitaljournal.com/article/112946 I'm not sure if this is exactly what you meant when you said napping saves money, but i guess its one explanation!

My mom always said the same things to me but i never really knew that there was scientific evidence to back up my claims that napping habits were in fact healthy. I also have heard though that when you nap you begin your sleep cycles. If you wake up in the middle of certain sleep cycles i heard that this counter acts your napping and can actually hurt you, or make you more tired. I would love to see a follow up blog post that either proves or disproves these claims, and since you love napping i think it would be perfect for you.

In addition i want much like jaime in the comment above mine want to know what #7 on your list meant. how exactly does napping save you money?

This is way too great! My mother yells at me time and time again for taking naps. She always tells me I'm lazy and that I shouldn't waste my day away napping. I've heard from people that you can't exceed an hour or napping or it ticks off your sleeping pattern. Is that true at all? Is there a limit of how long or how many naps you can take? Also another blog idea would be whether taking naps can improve grades, increase life span, etc. Would napping so often hurt your night sleep pattern? Is there any way you could replace a straight 7-8 hours of sleep every night with naps throughout the day?

As the many posts before have stated, fantastic blog post. But I was actually even more curious about the comment Daniel Kuhn posted. He was saying there maybe a link between napping and moods. I was wondering how length of naps plays apart. And can naps severely hinder you getting to bed on time? Sleep studies are really interesting.

I am not a typical napper. Usually I find it hard to fall asleep or I just do not have enough time in my day. I also sometimes nap and wake up feeling worse than before or can't fall asleep at a decent hour later. College has made me crave naps more than ever though! I found this article on the do's and don'ts for healthy naps:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/napping/MY01383
Now that I am getting less and less sleep as the semester progress I found it interesting to look into the napping tips on the second page of the article. It states that it is best to take my naps during the afternoon, for only 10 to 30 minutes so I can avoid grogginess, and make sure to nap with few distractions. I found it interesting to see how short the naps are that we should be taking, because I know that many of my college friends seem to be taking naps much longer than that.

Thanks for blogging about this. I very rarely took naps in high school. I always felt like I was wasting time and on the rare occasions that I would fall asleep after school I would wake up completely disoriented. However, now that I am in college and I don't have a very steady sleeping schedule I find that some days a power nap is what I need to get me through the rest of the day so I am happy to know that they are healthy. What I am wondering now is if it is actually possible to http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sleep-newzzz/200911/fact-or-fiction-you-can-catch-sleep-over-the-weekend ">can you catch up on sleep ? I know that my mom always tells me I need to catch up on sleep after a long week but is that really possible?

Fantastic article! I agree naps are very very beneficial to success, especially since we don't get enough sleep a day to begin with. I manage to take naps myself, just sometimes a bit longer than I need to. But hey, it's better to be refreshed than to try to focus on the plethora of responsibilities that I carry. Benefits of power napping Check it out! It even talks about coffee, which I have vowed to stop drinking.

Fantastic article! I agree naps are very very beneficial to success, especially since we don't get enough sleep a day to begin with. I manage to take naps myself, just sometimes a bit longer than I need to. But hey, it's better to be refreshed than to try to focus on the plethora of responsibilities that I carry. Benefits of power napping Check it out! It even talks about coffee, which I have vowed to stop drinking.

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