Thursday, June 23, 2011

To Nap or Not to Nap? That Is the Question

Some of the world's great minds savored midday naps. Brahms, Napoleon and Churchill understood the benefits of a siesta.

According to sleep researchers, "the urge to nap in the afternoon is nearly universal."

Here are some tips for a restful nap:

1. Short naps are better--even a mere 10 minutes.

2. Don't nap close to your bedtime.

3. Not everyone feels better after a nap. Those people need to find other ways to get through a midday slump such as a brisk walk.

If you are experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness, speak to your doctor. You may be suffering from depression, sleep apnea, medication effects, or another health issue.

1 comment:

Anita said...

I'm in the #3 Category. Good to know that I'm not the only one who doesn't like or need a daily nap.