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Napping

Napping

Napping
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Often people ask me about naps - are they good? Are they bad? Can they help your sleep deprivation? Well, the truth is - it depends on you. If you can get away with a 10 or 20 minute nap and you feel refreshed and you're able to wake up easily and get to work and get back to work but then you can still sleep well at night, there's no reason not to have a nap. The problem with napping comes with somebody who suffers from insomnia. If they say that they can't sleep at night and then they're sleeping for an hour in the afternoon, I wouldn't be that surprised. It's kind of like having a snack an hour before dinner - how hungry are you for dinner if you've just eaten recently? For insomniacs who have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep - I discourage them from taking naps. On the other hand, if you enjoy a nap and it makes you feel refreshed - as long as it doesn't go for too long and get in the way of your night sleep - there's no problem.

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Jyotsna Sahni, MD

Sleep Medicine

  • Board Certified Internist
  • Sleep Medicine Specialist, Community Health Systems and Center for Neurosciences
  • MD from Drexel University College Of Medicine

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