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Poll: Are You a Napper?

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One of my few guilty pleasures on the weekends after my long run is to lie down on the couch and nap. I am not talking hours, only 20 or so--just long enough to recharge my batteries. While I haven’t always been a napper, I have learned to appreciate the energy these short breaks provide.

However, if you think napping is only for those who are lazy and unmotivated, well think again. Some of the world’s greatest and most respected leaders and celebrities have been known to nap including: Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Albert Einstein, Leonard di Vinci, Gene Autry, and Thomas Edison just to name a few.

For me napping provides me with renewed energy. It refreshes my thinking process, improves my mood and many times helps curtail binge eating. I once read that many times we turn to food when we are tired because we are looking for energy when in all reality it is our body’s way of telling us we need rest.

Napping has so many benefits; however,it should not be a replacement for a good night’s rest. Sleep is very important, not only for rest and renewal, but for allowing the body to repair and recover from the stress of exercise.

So what are some benefits of napping?

  • Increases alertness
  • Increases energy
  • Lifts your mood
  • Increases performance
  • Lessen midday stress
  • Helps control appetite
  • According to the Archives of Internal Medicine those who took a nap for at least 30 minutes 3 times a week, especially working men, were less likely to die from heart disease than those who did not nap.

    It is important to note, however, that you want to keep these siestas to less then 20 minutes—any longer and the body may go into a deeper sleep therefore making you feel groggy and less energized, therefore defeating the purpose of the nap. And it could even cause issues with your ability to fall asleep later that night.

    So while I don’t always have the opportunity to enjoy a nap every day, I have come to appreciate the days when I can sneak one in. They are like giving my body and brain a mini-vacation to re-energize me the rest of the day.

    Are you a napper? Have you always been a napper? Do the seasons affect your napping abilities? In other words, do you find it easier to nap when it is cold and cloudy versus the warm, sunny days of summer?

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    TURQUROISE 12/11/2017
    I always love a short nap. Some days I don't get a nap I go to bed early. Report
    I nap every day at lunchtime at work in my car. I SOOO look forward to that time of the day. Report
    I love naps! They definitely helped me survive undergrad lol Report
    I love a good nap! Report
    I am a 3 pm napper almost everyday. I just need 30 minutes to 1 hour to recharge my batteries so to speak. Report
    I nap occasionally on the weekends. I have a hard time falling asleep at night, so weekday naps after the gym are out of the question for me. I definitely love naps when I do get to have one, especially outside! Report
    Ohhh, I love naps - mid afternoon on my couch in the sun, after work on Friday night to re-energize before going out, after breakfast on the weekend - anytime is GREAT Report
    I am a napper- long hot afternoons or chilly winter mornings will find me comfortable & relaxed!
    I am also known as an energetic person by my friends. Report
    There must be something wrong with me because I hate naps. I always feel worse even with a short one. Report
    I love to nap. I try to avoid taking one, because I feel like I've wasted part of my day. If I nap more than an hour I feel even more tired than when I did before the nap. Go figure. Report
    YES! I'm a huge fan of napping! lol Report
    I'm a HUGE napper! almost daily. I have always had the ability to sit down a crowded backstage area or a quiet living room, and shut myself down for a 10 minute nap. Now I most always sit in my living room and nap for about 20 minutes. I never use the bedroom for a nap..ususally in front of the TV. I am up most days at 4:30 am and begin work at 6. On my feet and multi tasking in a high stress situation for 8 - 15 hours at a stretch. (I'm a caterer) So, naps allow me to relax, catch up on a little sleep, and clear my head. Report
    OH how I love naps! If I could take them all the time like a preschool 3 yr old I would! Oh to be a child again! You grow up and life comes and sometimes it is the hardest thing in the world to be still... But whenever I get the chance... Naps are like there very own secret weapon! I love them!!! Report
    It does not matter what season it is, I always enjoy a good 20 minute nap. When at work, I'll go to my car. I get an hour for lunch, so the first 30-40 minutes are dedicated to eating and/or reading. At 20 til 2, I take it down for a power nap. It's usually the charge I need to make it through the rest of the day. Report
    I napped when I worked a 6am shift, but am retired and no longer nap. Report
    I'm like a postman....any season any weather...ZZZZZZZZ. Love my naps. Report
    For as long as I can remember, my mother took a nap during the afternoon. She is now well into her 80's and is slowing down and may take up to 3 rests during the day. I never was a napper except on a Sunday afternoon. I like naps, and once in awhile I can get that 15 or 20 minute nap that recharges me, but most times, I am not even asleep within that 20 minute period. Then I fall into a deep sleep and wake up feeling totally out of it. Wish I could do the 20 minute nap thing, because I just don't get enough sleep. Maybe I could train myself? Report
    I started catching quick naps when I had my own business. I'd set my kitchen timer and nap for 20 minutes during my lunch break. That stopped when I changed professions. Now, 6 years later, I'm napping again. Usually, I turn on the TV and crash when I first get home. The volume on the TV rises with commercials or a change of show. That wakes me up, then I exercise and do chores. I don't sit down or rest again until I'm done for the day. I'm an early riser and in bed by 9:00 p.m. Report
    I rarely nap and when I do there's usually an underlying cause, whether it's because I have a headache or I'm feeling sick. Report
    I love naps, but rarely get a chance to actually take one. Mine far exceed 20 minutes; we're talking more like a couple of hours, but I still feel better when I get up! Report
    I LOVE naps!! I do not think that I could make it without a nap. My body just shuts down without warning if I do not take one. The only issue that I have with naps are that if I take one too late in the day, I cannot sleep at night! Report
    I'm a huge napper and actually trying to break the cycle. I nap daily and it has come to the point where my body breaks down at that time of day because it is looking for a rest. I think an occasional nap is good, but when it becomes habitual like in my situation it needs to be avoided. Report
    I nap, but I can't ever just get 20 minutes or less. I fall asleep slowly, and so usually at the 20 minute mark, if I get up, I'm actually more groggy and grumpy than if I had an hour-long nap. Report
    no naps Report
    I took a 30 minute much deserved nap today. I love taking naps!! Report
    A power nap of no more than 20 min is wonderful for a recharge, any more than that and I am groggy for the rest of the day. Report
    Napping is one of the greatest pleasures there is!!!! Report
    Studies have proven that the lack of light in the sleeping environment helps to improve sleep quality. So it stands to reason that the darker the day is the more and better you would sleep. Not to mention that the Human Optimal Temperature for good rest is actually about 68*, no wonder the colder it gets the more I want of it! LOL Report
    I love a good nap! I'm not usually able to have a quick 20-30 minute nap though - if I can fit it in on the weekends I usually aim for 1 1/2 hours. I wake up feeling rested and recharged. Report
    I do love to nap when I can. But its because I can't get enough sleep in the usual night time hours. I have had this problem so long for so many years can't seem to solve it. Report
    i do nap on occasion and i agree that the shorter snoozes help me feel refreshed! Report
    I LOVE naps!!!! LOL! I didn't get one today and it's 9:30pm but I'm tired. Naps are the best! Report
    I do not nap, I hibernate! I sleep for a long period of time, wake up, eat and do what ever I need to do in life. I wake up around 5pm [i work 10pm-7am] do dishes and what ever else needs to get done in the house, than take a nap around 7pm, than wake up, eat, go to work, and do this all over again. My nights off i go to bed around 8pm and wake up around 4am! I take another nap from around 5am until 6am when my son wakes up!! THAN I take another nap around 1-3pm!!! Sleep is my biggest weakness!! Report
    I nap around 3 times a week during Summer Holidays (from July to beginning of September) ... But I can't nap for 20minutes only. I have to nap for at least 1 hour and a half. If I nap for a shorter time, the probability is that I wake up feeling groggy and with a bad mood! Report
    since my surgery and on the pain medications I am. Report
    I take a nap before I start supper, about 4:00p. Even if I don't sleep, I feel better for the *down time.* Report
    Wish I was a napper- can only sleep in day time if I am sick. My hubby is a power napper and can sleep anytime you let him sit still long enough. :p Report
    I enjoy my after lunch snooze, especially this time of year when the weather starts to warm up. Like that song, "Those hazy, lazy days of Summer." Report
    I am a napper. When I get a chance to get in about 15 or 20 minutes I go for it. The only chance I get to do that normally is during my 15 minute break or lunch at work, unless the coach has pitty on the kids and I do not have to pick them up from some sort of sport practice after I get off work before heading to a function at Church. Napping is an awesome energizer. Report
    my first job was very manual labor intensive. So at luch we only had 30 minuites a day, i would go to my car and take a 15 min. nap. I public worked another 40 years, and kept up the routine. You are right i was more alert and ready for the rest of the day. I am now retired and have RA now i must lie down for a rest every day, as part of Dr. 's orders, no problem now i usaly take 30 to 45 min. Thanky goodness for naps. Fuzzyduck Report
    Napping is a wonderful thing and I take one whenever my 3 yr. old is willing or my husband is home during the day! Report
    I would love to be a napper but I am not. It is very seldom that I get that opportunity. Report
    I've always been a napper. I understand their benefits and have tried hard to incorporate them into a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, when I got diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I was tired a lot of the time and the naps would turn into three to five hour crashes of hard sleep. Upon waking, I'd feel even more tired than before and then I wouldn't be able to sleep properly at night. I've found since that I can still have my naps but I need to arrange them carefully. Now that I eat breakfast, I don't need as much time to nap so I take about a 45 minute break in the hottest part of the day after my morning chores are done. It's refreshing and I don't need prescribed sleep aids any more. Report
    I do not nap on work days, I work ten hour days, four days a week. I do have three days off in a row, Wed-Fri, and I usually take Wednesday as a nap and recharge day. I will get up at 8am, do some workout and then usually lay and watch tv/read and end up napping for about two hours. I find that one day of recharge is definately worth it. I try my best not to feel guilty, I do this by telling myself that I work a "normal" 8 hour work day 5 days a week, and Wednesdays are my 5th day and I relax during "work hours". It keeps me sane and every week I have a light to the end of the daily grind. Report
    Not generally a napper. Takes me so long to fall asleep it's a pointless endeavor. My mom was a great napper. She would say "I think I will take a little nap" and just like that she was out. LOL Sure wish she would have passed down that little trait to me. Report
    Yes, I am a napper also! I usually stay up to late and try to catch up on my days off of work with a short nap! Report
    I have given my self more and more permission to take naps in recent months. I LOVE them! Report
    I find a 15-20 minute power nap helps me be alert later. I don't nap every day but on days that I am really dragging a few minutes of rest really helps me. Report
    I count on napping several times a week. I am a stay at home mom with 2 under the age of four so my day starts really early. I also work 3 nights a week. I don't get to nap everyday but I do try to get a nap on the days that I have to work at night. Report
    I love naps, but I don't have time to take them usually. I work a 9-5 job, and if I take a nap after work, I can't fall asleep at night. Whenever I do take a nap though, I have to try and do it before 4pm, or else I have trouble sleeping at night. If my job had a naptime, I would love that! Report
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