Ep. 095 – Avoid Napping During the Day

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Good morning and welcome to Episode 96 of the Train Your Brain Podcast with Dr. Michael Trayford. Every Monday we produce a 30-minute episode. Tuesday through Sunday we produce episodes with five-minute tips. Every episode of the Train Your Brain Podcast features a tip, so you can receive pointers 365 days a year that will help enhance the performance of your brain!

In Episode 095, Dr. Trayford talks about the importance of staying awake during the day. Aside from quick restorative naps, also known as power naps, which can be a great way to rest the brain similar to meditation, naps are very disruptive to good nighttime sleep.

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Do you take naps during the day?

Jason: if at all possible, I love to take a power nap. I can nap anywhere, anytime. I can even fall asleep standing up. Sometimes on my lunch break I’ll go take a little nap in my car and it reenergizes me.

How long are you napping for?

Jason: 20 to 30 minutes.

That’s a typical power nap.

What we’re looking at here are naps of a longer duration in the one to three hour range. Power naps are different, because you’re not getting anywhere close to deep sleep. You’re basically shutting your brain down like a meditation session. It allows your brain to declutter. It acts like a mid day meditation that is highly recommended.

When it comes to taking longer nap, it has a significant impact on older people. There are some people who say they can’t get through their day without a nap. This is no blanket statement, people with sleep apnea, narcolepsy might indeed need a nap to get through their day, as a result of poor quality sleep the night before.

Basically taking long naps during the day can cause some problems by disturbing your normal pattern of sleep and wakefulness. It often results in making it hard for you to sleep at night.

Most people that are getting to that hour or more nap during the day, will complain about troubles falling sleep at night.

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