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Should I Take Naps?: The Pros and Cons of Taking a Nap

Updated on July 18, 2012
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What is Napping?

“to sleep for a short time; doze”- www.dictionary.com

What do you think of when you hear the term “napping”? Most people immediately think of children. But what about adults that nap? Though there are many misconceptions about adults that nap, it can be a healthy habit. Before choosing to adopt this routine, weigh pros and cons to find out if it is best for you. If you find napping is helpful, following some simple guidelines can help make your naps powerful and effective.

Drowsy- A Haiku

Head heavy, nodding.

Craving to curl like baby.

Eyes drop, finally.

By KrystalD



Common Misconceptions about Naps

1. Laziness-Many people see adult napping as a sign of laziness or lack of motivation. On the contrary, naps can be a sign of a very active person.

2. For babies, the sick or elderly-Another misnomer is that naps are for babies, the sick or the elderly. Naps can be appropriate for all people regardless of age or physical condition.

3. Naps cause insomnia-Napping does not cause insomnia. Insomnia is a medical condition mostly signified by a chronic loss of sleep. The causes vary from one or more psychological, physical or temporary factors.

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Pros to Napping

1. Energy-The main reason an adult might consider a nap is because of midday tiredness. Naps are proven to help give an increase of energy if it is the correct length .

2. Mood boost-Napping can be a cure for the grumpiness that accompanies tiredness. When you take a brief nap, it can do wonders for your attitude through the rest of the day.

3. Alertness-Did you know that many accidents occur because of lack of alertness? If you have ever driven a car while tired, you know that it effects your response time.

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Cons to Napping

1. Grogginess-A nap can cause some people to feel groggy. This is mostly due to taking too long of a nap.

2. Sleep trouble-Long naps can also through off nighttime sleep patterns. This is especially true for people that have pre-existing sleep conditions such as insomnia. Naps are not recommended in such cases.

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3 Nap Guidelines

1. Keep it short-As stated above, nap length is really the determiner of whether a nap will be beneficial. A healthy nap for an adult should never exceed 30 minutes.

2. Find a private place-A nap can be taken anywhere from a break room to a car. The key is to find a private, preferably quiet location as to unsure a lack of interruption.

3. Revive and refresh-After your nap, freshen yourself up for a quick transition back to your day.

Sleep Guidelines by Age

Age
Length of Nap
Frequency Per Day
Newborn to 6 months
3-5 hours
2-3 times
6 months- 1 year
3-4 hours
2 times
Toddlers
1-3 hours
1 time
Preschool to School-age
1 hour
1 time
Teenage to Elderly
10-30 min
1 time

3 Items to Make Your Nap GREAT!

1. Pillow-Having a pillow from home makes a nap even more comfortable. It may also cause you to fall asleep quicker.

2. Alarm clock-An an alarm clock can help ensure that your nap stay short and sweet.

3. Ear plugs-Let’s face it, it’s loud during the day! Ear plugs can give you instant quickness even in the loudest city.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks for this informative hub, KrystalD! I do take a nap during my breaktime at work. I make sure, however, that it's only for 15 minutes. When I rouse, I feel refreshed and I'm able to work more effectively.

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      FullOfLoveSites 5 years ago from United States

      My own nap really goes into a deep sleep without knowing! I was once caught napping by my team leader, thankfully she just took a good humor out of it. Great hub all around. :)

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      jcrosskey1 5 years ago from Tampa

      Very informative articles. This answers a lot of questions for me, especially in regards to the length of naps. I rarely taken them because I hate not being able to sleep at night. But this is good perspective.

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      Mookies 5 years ago

      I hate hate hate taking naps as an adult. I will do whatever to avoid naps, as naps make me feel awful no matter how long or how short. I feel so horrible after any sort of nap but if I feel tired I eat fruit and switch back and forth with water and Ice Tea. If and when I do feel kind of tired I feel more awake around 3:30 or 4:00 in the afternoon.

      Also it annoys the h*ll out of me when people are taking a nap and everyone is like shush. Well then either don't take a da*n nap or deal with people talking. It's the dam* day and people do their work during the day.

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      Npainte1 5 years ago

      I love a good 30 minute nap it seriously makes me way more productive and motivated!

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi krystalD,

      Do write that one. I'm sur many will find that interesting.

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Good point, jpcmc! That's a hub waiting to be written: finding the right nap position :)

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      The right position is also important. I know some employees who take a nap on their desks or on their chair. This puts a lot of strain on the neck and can cause problems.

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks for reading and commenting! I enjoy writing about things that matter to my own life. Sleep is a major issue for me. I have struggle without good rest and I have found that naps can be a blessing or a curse.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I love this affirmation of such a healthy topic. I have taken a quick twenty minute nap some days and it has given me such a boost. I also would add that when you have too much sugar it will cause you to feel sleepy. This may bring on that groggy feeling afterwards. Great hub!

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Brett.Tesol-I find that many cultures respect the need for rest. I loved being able to lie out after eating a big meal in Egypt!

      Injured Lamb-Thanks for the reading. I wish I had more time for rest as well. I try to think of the times I will have the time to rest in the future.

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      Injured lamb 5 years ago

      Never a guilty taking a nap after reading this hub of yours, but sadly, I simply not able to "squeeze out" some time since last year...appreciate your work, KrystalD, take care...

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      I never used to do this, until I went to Thailand. They are more laid back about life and so if you are tired, you sleep ... makes sense right. Most work places even have an areas for a quick nap. Although I don't do it often, on days I feel whacked, a 15-20 minute nap works wonders for energy, mood and concentration for the whole day.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      Indian Chef 5 years ago from New Delhi India

      I can have nap anytime i want.. i feel so good taking a 15 minute nap in the afternoon. So i always an afternoon nap.

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thelma, I feel the same way! Taking the time can be tough but I do enjoy a good nap :)

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      I mostly take a nap when I wake up early in the morning. For me, a nap is good for my health as it boost my energy in the afternoon and I can concentrate well after a nap on whatever I am doing. Voted up!

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      I am for it too! Thanks for stopping by Mary!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I feel energized after a short nap. I should live in a country where they take a siesta every day for a while. Some of the greatest minds ever took what they call power naps. I'll all for it!

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      NightFlower, I DEFINITELY wish my job had a naptime! LOL! I think everybody's attitudes would be much improved after a short snooze.

      Windclimber, Yja's a great tip! I will add that to the hub for the sake of nappers everywhere :)

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      Windclimber 5 years ago from my boat somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay

      FYI for your readers, if you're waking up groggy, you're doing it wrong! Keep your shoes on, keep the lights on, and maybe keep the radio or tv on with very low volume. The trick is not to let yourself get too comfortable and go into too deep a sleep. Don't get discouraged, just PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

      Trust me, I know: for it's entire existence, I've been Chairman of the U.S.O.N.T. (Olympic Napping Team)

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      NightFlower 5 years ago

      Yes, i get the nap...sometimes 20 minutes will do me sometimes it my last 3 hours (not often). You are right I experienced both the vigor from taking a nap and the sluggishness that came come from it but I love'm. Don't you wish it was mandatory on the job. Maybe some of these grown A folks wouldn't come to work acting like children. GREAT HUB!

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Moira.

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 5 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Feels like an article I would find in well-read magazine! Kudos!

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Ha! I am with you Alex! So many times!

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Glad you learned something new prasetio!

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Sabrani, Thanks for stopping by!

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Rachel, sounds like working from home was a nice lifestyle change. Good for you!

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Lawdoctorlee-I have to have an alarm clock! Even this I snooze myself into more sleep. Glad this was helpful!

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks toys! It is hard not taking a nap when insomnia is a problem. I struggle with this myself from time to time.

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Debbie, I used that video to sleep myself. I like soothing sounds like that for bedtime.

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Stephanie, I can never get that time down right either. Your husband sounds like a skilled napper! I just can't get enough of a good thing!

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Kevin, You and me both!

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      LOL! I suppose!

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Sankari, I have never pulled off a short nap! good for you!

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Deborah, I miss the time I use to have for naps too :(

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      Alex Parker 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I can't even count the number of times I've tried to take a nap while studying...and woke up the next morning :P Thanks for the info!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I don't have much time to take a nap, because of my work at noon. But thanks for share about this information. I learn something new from this hub. Rated up and take care!

      Prasetio

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      sabrani44 5 years ago

      Great hub! I love taking naps, but I often feel groggy when I wake up.

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      Rachel Richmond 5 years ago from California

      Until I started working from home (and even then it took about a year) I thought naps were a waste of time. When I took my first nap, I learned I was wrong. I feel better. I think better. I have more get up and go. I don't nap everyday..but I will say I pay more attention to my body and just know when it's needed. Great hub!

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Great hub! I'm a napper :-) Works wonders for me. Thanks for the alarm clock advice.

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      Rachael C. 5 years ago from That little rambunctious spot in the back of your mind :)

      I usually nap or have the urge to nap quite often, as my fibromyalgia causes insomnia, which means I rarely sleep well at night, so I really want to sleep in the day. My head ends up keeling over onto my books or laptop! This is not convenient for studying, as you can imagine. I just don't have enough time to take naps anymore :'''( But this was a great hub voted up.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Krystal ~ Absolutely excellent hub advice. Everyone can benefit from taking a nap whether 5 minutes or 90 minutes. Your perfect selection of soothing rain video makes me want to take a nap. Rain sounds so soothing. Blessings, Debby

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      I avoid naps because I'm one of the people who wakes from a nap feeling groggy, and now I know it's because I nap too long. On the other hand, my husband, who is always full of energy, swears by his half hour naps every day! Good article, and good advice on setting an alarm clock so you don't sleep too long. Voted up and shared- thanks for SHARING!

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      KevinC9998 5 years ago

      Great hub, I wish I had time to take a nap! Voted up, Kevin

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      Sara Algoe 5 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      Does this has any thing to do with "Napster" ? :)

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Thanks for telling so many good things about naps. Someday when I have a nap I felt guilty. 15-20 minutes nap is always good and you had now made me feel better.Well-written! Voted up!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow great hub.. I don't ever have time to take naps.. I wished I did.. In face it is 1:45 am and I need to go to sleep now.. I know I stay up to late.

      Ok.Good nite LOl

      Be blessed

      Debbie