Why Napping Matters
posted by Orem Family Medicine | September 14, 2017
Humans are part of a minority when it comes to sleeping. We are monophasic sleepers, which means we divide our days into two distinct periods: sleep and wakefulness. Over 85 percent of all mammals are polyphasic sleepers, which means they sleep for short periods throughout the day.
It’s not entirely clear whether we as humans are following the proper sleep schedule, however, as evidenced by young children and elderly people who nap often and the importance of napping in many cultures. Short naps can improve mood, alertness and performance.
Types of Napping
There are three different types of naps:
Benefits of Napping
Napping can hold several specific benefits:
Possible Downsides of Napping
Naps aren’t always the best option for everybody, and certain people may find some downsides to them. Some have trouble sleeping during the day, and others have issues sleeping anywhere but their own bed. Other negative effects of naps for some people may include:
Here are a few general tips for napping:
If you’re wondering how naps might be affecting you or how they could help you, your doctor can offer additional recommendations.
Revere Health’s Orem Family Medicine offers compassionate, patient-centered family medicine providers who are trained in a broad range of disciplines including internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and geriatrics.
“Napping.” National Sleep Foundation. https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/napping
“Napping: Do’s and don’ts for healthy adults.” The Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/napping/art-20048319?pg=1
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.