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Go Take a Nap

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Go Take a NapWell, the latest research confirms the positive effects of a mid-afternoon nap. Adults in the latest — albeit small — study suggest that people who took a 90-minute power nap after lunch did better on a battery …

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Go Take a Nap

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  1. While this study suggests that naps may help to improve an individual’s cognitive performance shortly after waking, there are still questions about how naps affect our long-term sleeping patterns. The article points to the wealth of empirical evidence that demonstrates the importance of a “full, good night’s sleep.”

    The question is, do midday naps adversely affect our nighttime sleeping? Foley et at. argue that “a vicious cycle begins when the individual starts to establish a pattern of daytime napping, which increases the chances of sleep interruptions occurring at night” (as cited in Whitbourne, 2008, p. 96). So, yes, the naps might have been beneficial for the task that participants performed on the day of the study; but how did those participants sleep that night, were they fatigued the next day, and did that fatigue have them feeling the need for another daytime nap?

    References:
    Whitbourne, S. K. (2008). Adult development & aging: Biopsychosocial perspectives (3rd ed.). New York: Wiley.

  2. …and how deep a sleep you fall into, and how sleep-deprived you are when taking the nap, and whether you have jet-lag, and whether you wake up naturally or abruptly, and what you had for the lunch prior to your “post-prandial somnolescence…”

  3. Hello,

    My name is Neccia Celli and I work for Newstex.com. We’ve reviewed World of Psychology, and think it might be a good fit for syndication with Newstex. If you’re interested in learning more, please send me a message at ncelli@newstex.com.

    Thank you,

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  4. I am a diabetic well controlled one at that and depending on what I eat for breakfast and lunch I can quite easily have a 20 minute nap after breakfast sitting at the table still I put it down to my sugar levels reacting to the carbs I eat and or because I have woken several times during the night to urinate. If I have a large meal at night I can sometimes get up as many as 6 times.I have been known to catnap while still sitting on the loo. I fell off once causing much laughter when I told my doc when she saw my bruises.I also laughed at myself. However I have leaned that a smaller meal and a light snack 20 minutes before bed gives much better nights sleep. I have also found that carbs can raise my BSL level alarmingly if I overindulge in them.My average BSL levels on my 3 monthly HBA1C are rarely over between 6.3 and 7.5 and my doc keeps telling me that despite my heart and other problems I really am very healthy and doing very well.I am 64 years young and very positive and have learned as much as I can about all my health problems which has allowed me to maintain them extremely well.I also tend to laugh at myself and any disasters that befall me.Works for me I find,not to take life quite so seriously.I was revived 4 times with the first of my two MI’s and live on bonus time as I call it each day if a bonus I should by rights not have.I have managed to have 9 bonus years with not too many problems.

  5. I am a diabetic well controlled one at that and depending on what I eat for breakfast and lunch I can quite easily have a 20 minute nap after breakfast sitting at the table still I put it down to my sugar levels reacting to the carbs I eat and or because I have woken several times during the night to urinate. If I have a large meal at night I can sometimes get up as many as 6 times.I have been known to catnap while still sitting on the loo. I fell off once causing much laughter when I told my doc when she saw my bruises.I also laughed at myself. However I have leaned that a smaller meal and a light snack 20 minutes before bed gives much better nights sleep. I have also found that carbs can raise my BSL level alarmingly if I overindulge in them.My average BSL levels on my 3 monthly HBA1C are rarely over between 6.3 and 7.5 and my doc keeps telling me that despite my heart and other problems I really am very healthy and doing very well.I am 64 years young and very positive and have learned as much as I can about all my health problems which has allowed me to maintain them extremely well.I also tend to laugh at myself and any disasters that befall me.Works for me I find,not to take life quite so seriously.I was revived 4 times with the first of my two MI’s and live on bonus time as I call it each day its a bonus I should by rights not have.I have managed to have 9 bonus years with not too many problems.I am a diabetic well controlled one at that and depending on what I eat for breakfast and lunch I can quite easily have a 20 minute nap after breakfast sitting at the table still I put it down to my sugar levels reacting to the carbs I eat and or because I have woken several times during the night to urinate. If I have a large meal at night I can sometimes get up as many as 6 times.I have been known to catnap while still sitting on the loo. I fell off once causing much laughter when I told my doc when she saw my bruises.I also laughed at myself. However I have leaned that a smaller meal and a light snack 20 minutes before bed gives much better nights sleep. I have also found that carbs can raise my BSL level alarmingly if I overindulge in them.My average BSL levels on my 3 monthly HBA1C are rarely over between 6.3 and 7.5 and my doc keeps telling me that despite my heart and other problems I really am very healthy and doing very well.I am 64 years young and very positive and have learned as much as I can about all my health problems which has allowed me to maintain them extremely well.I also tend to laugh at myself and any disasters that befall me.Works for me I find,not to take life quite so seriously.I was revived 4 times with the first of my two MI’s and live on bonus time as I call it each day bonus I should by rights not have.I have managed to have 9 bonus years with not too many problems.

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