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Sleepezy News - Naps - Good idea, or not?
April 08, 2006

A warm welcome to our new subscribers and hi again to all our loyal readers.

There seems to be a lot of confusion whether it is a good idea to take a nap in the daytime or not. For those lucky enough to have time to indulge, hopefully this will help make some sense of it. We will also look at daytime sleepiness and try to determine whether it's normal or whether it may be a side effect of something more sinister.

Actually I love to nap, there's nothing more delicious (and decadent) than sneaking a short mid afternoon nap when the weekend rolls around, and the bonus is it's perfectly ok to do so without affecting your night time sleep pattern. The time between lunch and early evening is the best time as it's when our natural circadian rhythm takes a dip.

Many Mediterranean countries traditionally take time out to nap or "siesta" in the middle of the working day. In most cases it's an escape from the searing mid afternoon heat but studies have shown that workers are more productive and happier from taking an after lunch nap. Although in it's early days, some companies are making nap time available to their employees. The logic is that people will work a lot better when they are rested. Indeed concentration improves, endurance improves, mood improves.

The secret to successful napping lies in the length of time spent asleep. Most sleep experts agree that 30 minutes is best. Any shorter and you won't feel quite as refreshed, whereas napping for longer can lull you into a deep sleep, disrupting your normal sleep cycle and probably causing a restless night ahead!

So feel free to have a nap if you need to. It's great if your going out in the evening and want to feel your best, or if you've been overdoing things and just need some time out. Napping is also a great idea for new mums to get some rest when their baby is asleep. Just don't go over that 30 minutes.

For those who are constantly sleepy during the day, There are some sleep disorders that can cause this. First rule out natural causes - if you've been under severe stress or you've just changed jobs, lost a loved one or had a baby, these will all leave you feeling pretty weary for a while.

However if you're experiencing constant daytime fatigue it's worth getting it checked out. It could be something as simple as low iron levels but it could be a disease called "narcolepsy" or even "sleep apnea". Narcolepsy is a physical disorder which is extremely hard to diagnose. Some symptoms to be aware of are:

A sensation of paralysis when waking up.
Constant daytime sleepiness lasting for several months.
Hallucinations or visions when dropping off to sleep.

If experiencing any of the above, please see a doctor.

Sleep apnea - If you're a heavy snorer and feel very tired throughout the day then you need medical help. Sleep apnea sufferers actually stop breathing several times during the night which can put them at severe risk of accidents during the day. This one's easy fixed so see your doctor today!

Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? Most short term sleep problems are caused by stress. The longer this goes on for the more it can become a habit leading to a long term sleep problem.

Stress is a monster we can all do without. Stress can be at the bottom of most of our emotional and even physical problems. The other enemies are fear, negativity and anger. How would you like to get rid of this "fearsome foursome" in one hit? It's possible by you have to learn how.

The key of how to relieve stress is not simply finding the 'ideal stress management technique'.
You need to change your focus.
You create or reduce pain depending on what you focus on or what you believe to be true.

 Michael Licenblat B.Sc.(Psych) is a Resilience Expert who helps people in business bounce back fast from pressure, stress and burnout in their work and life. He is the author of 'Turn Stress into Energy & Enthusiasm'.

To download his special report on the ‘Seven ways to prevent yourself becoming Stressed-Out, Over-Worked, and Run-Down’, visit:

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Until next time, my very best wishes to you.


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