Do Naps Help or Hinder?

Hey friends!

Hope you all had a nice weekend, we definitely did. :)

Weekend Recap Photos

Among other things, I FINALLY updated all the blog pages (it had been, oh, 9 or so months(!!!)), cleaned our apartment from top to bottom (luckily it had been shorter than 9 months…..), and we ended up having a nice ‘get things done’ weekend. It was SO needed.

In picture form, I present you, my/our weekend:

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{insert GRIT early morning Saturday session……

…..just picture me a sweaty mess, but super happy}

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jamberry nails -weekend recap

 

 

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{I won the Jamberry nails giveaway from Lauren. Woot!}

 

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I fail at taking pictures, and go in spurts–you know what I mean? This weekend I sort of forgot to take any, but it still doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good one.

Hah. ;)

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I have an important question I want to pose to you all……

Do Naps Help or Hinder?

In general, I would say they do help but only to a certain extent. And here’s why: when our bodies are tired, that tells us something is off/amiss/needs to change, and usually sleep can help us fix that. A nap that is about 20-30 minutes can help someone have more energy for later in the day, but when the naps are excessive, it might hinder the actually sleeping time needed at night.

Our body rests, relaxes, and many important functions & processes are performed whilst we’re asleep, so if we forego that in place of other things (TV/surfing the Internet/reading), we’re ultimately damaging our ability to process nutrients, perform at work, be kind to others, etc.

But would a nap the next day help if say, we ended up reading “one more chapter” until midnight and had to be up around 5 or 6? ;)

Although there is research to support all sides (naps are no good! naps are amazing! naps are okay!), I personally think it totally depends on the person and the situation.

A study review that was cited in this 2010 article says:

“In the recent UC Berkeley sleep study, 39 healthy young adults were divided into two groups — nap and no-nap. At noon, all the participants were subjected to a rigorous learning task intended to tax the hippocampus, a region of the brain that helps store fact-based memories. Both groups performed at comparable levels.

At 2 p.m., the nap group took a 90-minute siesta while the no-nap group stayed awake. Later that day, at 6 p.m., participants performed a new round of learning exercises. Those who remained awake throughout the day became worse at learning. In contrast, those who napped did markedly better and actually improved in their capacity to learn”

Interesting, eh?

Yet sometimes I can’t fall asleep when I feel I ‘need’ to take a power nap, so then I just end up being frustrated! Or sometimes I overnap and then that night I can’t sleep, so ultimately I am totally exhausted for the next day.

Hmmmmmmmm.

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I would love to hear your thoughts on this (so leave comments in the comments section below)!

This all took place in my head yesterday after I awoke from a nap after church…..The nap ended up being 2 hours (!!), but I hadn’t gotten enough sleep all week long because of a few meetings I had that went way late + getting up early, and I used to sleep in on Sundays –but no longer can since church switched from 11 a.m. to 9 a.m.

I know, I know, my life is so hard. ;)

Then I ended up sleeping awesomely last night, whereas my husband did not (and he took a short nap).

Go figure?

A few caveats:

  1. I also think the time in which you TAKE the nap matters. At least for me, if I nap too late in the day, it totally messes with my sleep. (p.s. the above nap was around the 130 p.m. hour, and then I usually go to bed in the 945 hour)
  2. And of course, the physical activity levels will play a part too–those who are super active are going to be more tired, and thus be able to sleep better than those who don’t work out often (this is a common assumption in the fitness realm). My husband doesn’t really work out ever –which I believe affects his sleep.

But what do I know? ;)

{p.s. more can be found at the national sleep foundation website if you’re interested}

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Have a WONDERFUL Monday!!

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What do YOU think–do naps help or hinder YOU?? What are some of YOUR stipulations if a nap is to work?? Do YOU need naps-yes or no, and why?? How was YOUR weekend?!!

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Comments

  1. Linz @ Itz Linz says:

    I can’t ever seem to nap for just 20-30 minutes. Especially if I know itz going to be that short it never works! If I nap itz a good hour or two hour nap! And if that’s the case then I’m overly exhausted and still able to sleep at night!

  2. I wish i could nap more often! Even if I haven’t gotten a lot of sleep the night before, I tend to struggle with it. When I am able to though, it does help me feel more productive on days when I’m really tired.

  3. I can’t really nap for 20-30 minutes, it would take me that long just to fall asleep, so I guess that doesn’t mean I need a nap. I usually sleep about 7 hours a night anyway, so I think I probably get enough. Looks like you had a really fun weekend!

  4. Love your nails! That sparkly pink fits you perfectly! I’m not a big nap person – never have been. However, I have gotten better at taking one if I need one. I used to just ignore my tiredness which didn’t always help me out. Usually if I take a nap, I try not to let them be over an hour or after 4 PM because then I have a difficult time falling asleep.

  5. I’m like you . . . if I feel that I need a nap, I get frustrated because that’s exactly when I can’t fall asleep. I am also not good at taking the “20-minute nap”. I’m more like 2 hours, if I actually do lie down. Because, basically, I never nap. I’d rather just keep moving. Napping has never worked for me. However, my husband is the exact opposite. He loves naps, and is also the master at the 20 minute nap . . . I don’t know how he does it.

  6. Looks like a great weekend!
    Okay, this nap thing is SO interesting to me now. I recently found an article (dang I’ll have to find it again because I forget where I saw it) who had people nap for 4 hours during the day and then 4 throughout the night (so they’d still get 8 hours) and see if they were more productive this way and the people who napped the 4 hours during the day actually got more done and felt less tired. So bizarre.
    I’m the same way as you with the napping thing. If I nap later on I find I can’t sleep at my normal bed time. Sleeping is a weird thing I’ve just decided.

  7. those jamberry nails are so adorable! Love them. Now onto sleeping. I find that if I sleep more than 8 hours a night I’m tired more during the day. I also find that even in a 10 minute nap at 1pm kick starts my night when I have to go into work.

  8. I nap constantly. I can’t work out in the morning because I always need to nap right after. Usually they range from 10-25 minutes, any longer than that and I am dead to the world.

  9. I hate naps!!! I always have. I haven’t taken one since I was like 18 months old. At times (like during 22 credit/semester in college), I TRIED to become a napping person. And it just made everything worse. I think it all depends on what kind of sleeper you are to begin with.

    For example, I am the best with exactly 6 hours of sleep. If I get less, I’m fine. If I get more, I’m not fine. I’ve probably slept for 8 consecutive hours 4 times in my entire life, and those were the 2 round-trip flights across the ocean, on which I was on Xanax. :) My roommate, on the other hand, absolutely needs 9 hours of sleep a night. She’s pissy and her entire biological clock is thrown off if she doesn’t get 9.

    If I accidentally take a nap, which usually means sitting on the couch with an electric blanket in this cold winter, I wake up furious and confused, and then it throws off my whole night of sleep. Even if I only slept for 15 minutes. Sometimes (like Sunday afternoons) I WISH I could be a napper! It just doesn’t work for me.

  10. Haha I’m the same as you are – I can’t fall asleep when I need a good power nap! I am an incredibly light sleeper so falling asleep during the day is hard for me. Somehow I always do though if I fall asleep while reading for law school…

  11. love your nails pretty lady!!!!

  12. Belinda says:

    I also can’t take a short power nap! It would be at least an hour or two and if I over-nap I usually wake up feeling really off/grumpy/hungover for about half an hour. Anyone else get that?

    Like Christy said above, when I workout I often feel so sleepy afterwards and could easily take a nap. I thought I was weird! Do you know why this happens, Annette?

    • I sometimes wake up ‘hungover’ if it’s a longer nap, and it’s later in the day, yes. ;)

      Well, if you’ve not had enough sleep the night before & the workout is intense, it would be really easy to take a nap! This sometimes happens to me with the early morning GRIT sessions, so no, you’re not weird. ;)

  13. I can’t force a nap- the only time I can nap during the day is in the car on a long trip. My bf can nap whenever but if it’s too long at too late in the day then he can’t sleep at night.

  14. I always get super tired at around 3-4 and love to nap then. Part of the reason is because the sun is shining right at me and for some reason, I don’t like that time of day very much. I agree with you – it has to do with timing. If I sleep at 5-6, I won’t fall asleep later. I don’t usually take naps around 1-2 because I’m at work or just finished lunch.

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