Mayo Clinic says Take a Nap

Thursday, October 23, 2008 12:42
Posted in category sleep, sleep apnea, sleep disorders

You’re momma was right again, naps are good for you. If only we could take one when we need it. It seems that even when we have the time, we don’t have the inclination. Naps are seen as time-wasters in the West. Guilt sets in; restlessness, anxiety, etc. But now the Mayo Clinic wants us to listen to momma:

On , Oct. 22, 2008, Reuters Wire reported that:

“Optimally, those who get insufficient nighttime sleep should alter their schedules to include 7 to 8 hours of sleep in every 24-hour period. If this is not feasible, taking a nap can be restorative, Silber notes.

“Set aside a similar convenient time each day (preferably earlier than the evening) and ensure your sleep area is quiet and dark,” Silber suggests.

For most people, a 10 to 20 minute nap in the early afternoon is sufficient. When a nap is too long, people may wake up feeling sleep inertia — grogginess and disorientation. To avoid this, Silber advises setting an alarm to prevent reaching deep sleep.

Nonetheless, regular daytime sleepiness may indicate a sleep disorder, Silber cautioned.”

Not to put to fine a point on it but, no kidding! If I could move to Spain or southern Italy and get my nap without even trying, I’d do it. As it is, I like my little house in Seattle, even though I don’t take naps. I guess I’ll have to just try to get to sleep earlier. Not that that hasn’t been tried before.

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