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Water cooler chat: To nap or not to nap

Water cooler chat: To nap or not to nap

An afternoon nap always sounds appealing...doesn't it? For those suffering from insomnia an afternoon nap may not help; in fact, it's may be counterproductive. If you don't have a problem getting sleep at night, a 30-40 minute nap can work wonders to pull you through a long, sleep-deprived day.

In fact, a study conducted in 2008 found that a 45-minute daytime nap can improve memory function and even lower blood pressure. If you have insomnia, naps present a problem, however. Although you might feel tired during the day, lying down to take a nap can perpetuate bad sleep habits. Even a small amount of sleep can reduce your nighttime sleep drive and becomes another period of fragmented sleep.

Benefits of Napping

•Reduced fatigue
•Improved mood
•Improved performance, including quicker reaction time, better memory, less confusion, and fewer accidents and mistakes

Downfalls of Napping
•Sleep Inertia-Feeling groggy and disoriented after waking up from a nap.
•Nighttime Sleep Problems
•One study has indicated that napping is associated with increased risk of heart failure in people already at risk.