Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sleep apnea and napping

I love to take a nap in the afternoon (when I’m not working of course) it really helps me through my day. While it does make me feel better, if I take a long nap it means that I wouldn’t get to sleep as easily at night. But then again with sleep apnea I don’t sleep that much anyway. Is napping good for you?

I have read different opinions about whether napping is good for you or not. When you are very young taking a nap is routine especially for babies and toddlers. As for adults it was one time considered bad because it would interrupt with your evening sleep. I certainly understand that but I think that the key is not to nap too long.

How long is a good nap? If you said a couple hours then you’re wrong! The best naps, from what I have read are 20 to 30 minutes. Set an alarm if you are a heavy sleeper. Since I have sleep apnea I’m constantly waking up anyway so an alarm for a nap isn’t necessary for me.

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1 comment:

  1. David, Good Blog. I have same problem. Only children take naps. (I am 70 yrs old) Dr. Blvtz responded to my questioning license suspension, telling VA hospital director, "Veteran pulls off road and takes a nap!" I explained that taking nap is NORMAL way to solve daytime sleepiness. Don't drive if you might get sleepy? Then stay home and watch daytime, evening and nightime TV. Social Security can pay my rent. Fasting and reading old newspapers is good for you.

    I agree about 20 min nap. More puts you into deep sleep, from which one wakes up groggy and disoriented. Wifes says, "It's been four hours since your last nap. Go lie down." Most "Sleep Hygiene" sites say "No Nap!" Because then you can't get normal sleep. But,we don't sleep normally anyway.

    Glad I found your site.