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Created August 07, 2011 at 5:50 PM

What do y'all think about naps? Lately my night-time sleep has been lousy, and i'm waking up too early. I don't have the urge to nap (and I'd sorta rather not), but i do have a sense that i'm not sleeping enough.

Though i've been thinking about this lately anyway, this question was inspired today by this response from Stephen-Aegis to a recent fat-loss question. i was just going to post it as a comment there, but I want MOAR ANSWERS!

So, when we talk about getting 8+ hours of sleep: does napping count? Is it recommended? Or would napping thwart improvement in my night-time sleep?

edited to add:

anybody have an evolutionary perspective?

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Voted up for bullet-point signature. Very unique.

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on August 07, 2011
at 10:37 PM

The meal analogy is good. So, just like if one was unable to ever finish a large meal, and was thusly nutrient deficient, one might make an effort to have a nutritious snack, even in the absence of hunger. I was thinking it might behoove me to *force* a nap to make up the lost hours of sleep. I am indeed pretty stressed. But still, it might be better to stick with my current M.O. and hope it regulates. Thanks for your input! :)

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on August 07, 2011
at 10:25 PM

Yeah! I mean I doze off but don't go into a deep sleep you know? If I lay down for too long and go into a deep sleep I'll end up sleeping for 2+ hours then I would feel horrible when I woke up. So 20 or 30 min max and then I feel great!

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on August 07, 2011
at 10:24 PM

The meal analogy is good. So, just like if one was unable to finish a large meal, and was thusly nutrient deficient, one might make an effort to have a nutritious snack, even in the absence of hunger. I was thinking it might behoove me to *force* a nap to make up the lost hours. I am indeed pretty stressed. But still, it might be better to stick with my current M.O. and hope it regulates. Thanks for your input! :)

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Seems we may have evolved to got to sleep at sundown then wake up about 4-5 hours later stay awake for 1-2 hours then go back to sleep until sunrise. http://www.sciencenews.org/sn_arc99/9_25_99/bob2.htm and http://www.ted.com/talks/jessa_gamble_how_to_sleep.html have more details

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on August 07, 2011
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I agree it varies from person to person or situation. Before I had my son I could never map without throwing myself completely out of whack. Now that we nurse at night and throughout the day I can take 20-30 minute naps with him and wake up refreshed. I think it probably has something to do with the oxytocin and hormonal state I'm in. Very interesting.

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on August 07, 2011
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SCN ?

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on August 07, 2011
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you really sleep-sleep, for 20 just minutes?

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on August 07, 2011
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what do you mean by a bi-phasic sleep pattern?

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naps truly are wasted on the young.

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on August 07, 2011
at 07:04 PM

It doesn't matter how much sleep you get.. I think naps are very important! Even 20 minutes of napping in the early afternoon (between 12:00pm-3:00pm) can be greatly beneficial to alertness, mood, and energy. I don't recommend napping more than 90 minutes. But 20-45minutes or less is probably ideal for me. But when napping, you should actually be falling alseep, for the most part. Though, just lying down with eyes shut seems to work good too!

Don't nap too late though! It can screw up the SCN so you stay up late and not feel tired at nighttime.

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21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on August 08, 2011
at 12:22 AM

Voted up for bullet-point signature. Very unique.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on August 07, 2011
at 08:38 PM

SCN ?

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on August 07, 2011
at 09:53 PM

Sleep I've slowly adjusted to be used as a Tool, much like food.

Food I balance to my energy expenditure and only eat when hungry.

Sleep balances to Stress, Mental, Physical an Environmental.. The more stress, the more sleep you need.

I personally view naps like a snack... If I'm really hungry an don't have access to meal food, i will rarely eat a protein/fat based snack. If I'm tired In the middle of the day, (usually because I HAD to get up earlier than I wanted) then I'll take a 20min power nap which can be refreshing(longer leave me drowsy). Then I'll try to sleep early that night.

Many cultures practice a "siesta" nap time. I'm or it as a Tool when you need it, not something neccesarily "just because".

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on August 07, 2011
at 10:37 PM

The meal analogy is good. So, just like if one was unable to ever finish a large meal, and was thusly nutrient deficient, one might make an effort to have a nutritious snack, even in the absence of hunger. I was thinking it might behoove me to *force* a nap to make up the lost hours of sleep. I am indeed pretty stressed. But still, it might be better to stick with my current M.O. and hope it regulates. Thanks for your input! :)

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on August 07, 2011
at 10:24 PM

The meal analogy is good. So, just like if one was unable to finish a large meal, and was thusly nutrient deficient, one might make an effort to have a nutritious snack, even in the absence of hunger. I was thinking it might behoove me to *force* a nap to make up the lost hours. I am indeed pretty stressed. But still, it might be better to stick with my current M.O. and hope it regulates. Thanks for your input! :)

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34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

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on August 07, 2011
at 07:41 PM

When I was younger, I never cared much for naps and it did interfere with my getting a good night sleep. But, now that I'm older (40) my husband and I love to take a 20-30 min nap in the afternoon. It's not long enough to make you groggy and tired but long enough to be refreshed. I don't find that it messes with my night time sleep.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on August 07, 2011
at 08:28 PM

you really sleep-sleep, for 20 just minutes?

A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

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on August 07, 2011
at 07:54 PM

naps truly are wasted on the young.

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on August 07, 2011
at 10:25 PM

Yeah! I mean I doze off but don't go into a deep sleep you know? If I lay down for too long and go into a deep sleep I'll end up sleeping for 2+ hours then I would feel horrible when I woke up. So 20 or 30 min max and then I feel great!

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on August 07, 2011
at 09:10 PM

there is a brief drop in body temperature that naturally occurs in the afternoon. this could be interpretted as a sign that we are suppose to nap; or at least we are enabled to nap.

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A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

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on August 07, 2011
at 07:16 PM

Just like all things in life, not all answers apply to everyone. I have found that there are those who do very well with naps, they seem to feel better, think better and sleep better with naps and then there are those of us who don't do well with naps. There have been very few times in my life where my body just needed a nap and after having taken one I actually felt better and actually slept the night through. I find if I just plow through those minutes of tiredness I may get through the day I'm fine, but if I actually lay down for a nap then i'm screwed (and not in the nice way). I wake up all foggy and then wide awake later on when I should be sleeping. My Dad however can take 20 minute catnaps and still sleep through the night like a baby.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on August 07, 2011
at 08:42 PM

I agree it varies from person to person or situation. Before I had my son I could never map without throwing myself completely out of whack. Now that we nurse at night and throughout the day I can take 20-30 minute naps with him and wake up refreshed. I think it probably has something to do with the oxytocin and hormonal state I'm in. Very interesting.

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66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

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on August 07, 2011
at 07:10 PM

Just my 2 cents worth I think napping thwarts a good nights sleep, if one has to nap then it follows that one is not getting enough sleep at night. true sleep is restorative and needs hours to have this effect. I know when I do not get enough sleep because I do feel like napping when I get home, when I sleep properly I have continuous energy until just before I go to bed. I have found that after eating healthy for a long time I naturally started to experience bi-phasic sleep pattern and I started sleeping on the floor - I always wake up before my alarm clock and am never sore.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on August 07, 2011
at 08:27 PM

what do you mean by a bi-phasic sleep pattern?

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on August 07, 2011
at 09:10 PM

Seems we may have evolved to got to sleep at sundown then wake up about 4-5 hours later stay awake for 1-2 hours then go back to sleep until sunrise. http://www.sciencenews.org/sn_arc99/9_25_99/bob2.htm and http://www.ted.com/talks/jessa_gamble_how_to_sleep.html have more details

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