Napping 101: The Benefits, Dos + Don’ts Of Mid-Day Snoozing

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Why Do You Nap?

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Daily naps can help you maximize your energy and productivity. However, it’s important to pay attention to why you nap. In a survey reported on in Sleep Foundation, 72 percent of respondents said they nap because they feel tired. However, 23.1 percent say they have no control over their naps. In other words, they just pass out – even if they don’t mean to.

If you fall into the former category, that’s relatively “normal” and healthy. However, if you fall into the second category, that could be a sign that you are chronically sleep-deprived – and that’s important to address. A healthy nap is intentional – not something that occurs against your will. A “good” nap means you notice yourself feeling a bit tired, and you intentionally lie down to nap for a set period of time. But, if you had to, you could power through with another cup of coffee or a snack.

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