About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Sleep - Effects of napping

Written by Dr. Anitha Paderla, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by dr. reeja tharu, M.Phil.,Ph.D on Jul 28, 2021
Font : A-A+

Effects of napping

There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled. - Edward Lucas

Brief episodes of sleep that occur between the major sleep episodes are called ‘naps’. They vary in duration from five minutes to a few hours. The time that naps are most likely to occur is in the mid-afternoon, when there is a reduced degree of alertness due to the biphasic circadian pattern. Some cultures encourage a siesta in the mid-afternoon. Any daytime sleep, such as napping, will reduce sleep from the nighttime sleep episode, thereby leading to greater sleep disturbances.

Advertisement

Naps that are taken at times when maximum alertness is to be expected, such as two hours after awakening, is indicative of an underlying sleep disorder. Mid- afternoon naps are of less significance. If a person wants to nap, then it must be done at the same time, and the duration of the nap should not vary each day, in order to prevent insomnia. One important advantage of napping is that even a 30-60min nap greatly helps a person counter sleep- loss.

In its early stages, insomnia is almost an oasis in which those who have to think or suffer darkly take refuge. - Colette

Reference:

  1. Huxley, Aldous. In Coren S. Sleep Thieves: An Eye-Opening Exploration into the Science and Mysteries of Sleep. New York: The Free Press; 1996, p. 175.

Citations   close

Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:

  • APA

    Dr. Anitha Paderla. (2021, July 28). Sleep - Effects of napping. Medindia. Retrieved on Jul 05, 2022 from https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/sleep-effects.htm.

  • MLA

    Dr. Anitha Paderla. "Sleep - Effects of napping". Medindia. Jul 05, 2022. <https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/sleep-effects.htm>.

  • Chicago

    Dr. Anitha Paderla. "Sleep - Effects of napping". Medindia. https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/sleep-effects.htm. (accessed Jul 05, 2022).

  • Harvard

    Dr. Anitha Paderla. 2021. Sleep - Effects of napping. Medindia, viewed Jul 05, 2022, https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/sleep-effects.htm.


Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.

Advertisement
Recommended Reading
Advertisement
Health Topics A - Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z



    Advertisement
    What's New on Medindia
    Top 10 Vitamin B12 Foods for Vegetarians - Slideshow
    Targeted Screening Program Beneficial for Prostate Cancer Screening
    Are Menopause Symptoms Troubling You?: Try these Options
    View all

    Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
    Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

    Most Popular on Medindia

    Noscaphene (Noscapine) Blood - Sugar Chart Vent Forte (Theophylline) Post-Nasal Drip A-Z Drug Brands in India Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Accident and Trauma Care Drug - Food Interactions Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips

    Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

    © All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

    This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use