Should We Be Ditching the Day Sleeps?

Nana naps are a luxury for many of us and while our toddlers and pre-schoolers probably avoid naps as much as possible, most parents would give anything to be able to lay down during the day for a half an hour.

But are naps doing you more harm than good?

Experts agree that the answer is no! Napping offers several benefits for creating healthy adults, including relaxation, reduced fatigue, increased alertness, improved mood, improved performance, increased reaction time, better memory, and fewer accidents and mistakes.

However, adult naps should take place earlier in the day rather than later. According to the University of California–Berkeley, the best time to nap is eight hours after waking and eight hours before night-time sleep. For example, if you wake at 6 a.m. and go to bed and 10 p.m., then 2:00 p.m. would be an ideal time to nap.

Experts also suggest limiting naps to 15 to 30 minutes to avoid interfering with your night time sleep.

Did you Know?

  • New parents lose from 400 to 750 hours of sleep during the first year with a newborn.
  • According to a study by the National Sleep Foundation, 74 percent of women get less sleep per night than men, yet women feel more guilt about napping than men.
  • In Japan, dozing off in most jobs is acceptable. Naps at work are called inemur, which means, “to be asleep while present.” Inemur is viewed as exhaustion from working hard and sacrificing sleep for the job. Many people even fake napping to look committed to their job.

Happy Napping!


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