Depression & Benefits of Proper Naps: Refreshing or Messes Up Sleep Cycle?

Merely Me Health Guide
  • Photobucket(Drawing by my son Max)

     

    Merely Me's Happiness Project

     

    Take one depressed person...me

    Implement one suggestion from a self help book each week

    See what happens

     

    Can one unmedicated and therapy-less woman find the secret to happiness from the words of self-help gurus?  Let's find out! 

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    The new drawing is due to the fact that I am going to be talking about napping.

     

    Yes, there is actually a self help book out there totally devoted to the fine art of napping.

     

    When is the last time you had a nap?

     

    The self help book I will be referring to is called "Take a Nap!  Change your life" by Sara C. Mednick, Ph.D.

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    The cover of the book is full of promises that you are going to be smarter, healthier, and more productive due to her scientific plan for napping.

     

    Okay so the idea of napping my way to better overall health...it sounded alluring.  I mean...who doesn't dream of taking a nap and this book is promoting it!

     

    This book claims that if you take a proper nap that you will be able to do the following and more:

    • Elevate your mood
    • Boost your creativity
    • Reduce your stress
    • Help your memory
    • Reduce your risk of diabetes
    • Improve your sex life
    • Lose weight
    • Improve the ease and quality of your nocturnal sleep.

    My first response is to say, "Oh reeeeahhheaallly???" 

     

    I dunno.

     

    So I tried these "optimized" power naps.  The thing about me is that I am a good napper.  I could nap anywhere and anytime.  I love the idea of naps and especially in the middle of the day when you naturally are feeling kinda sluggish.

     

    Sure...one might feel a little energized after a twenty minute nap.  But I have to tell you...there is a price to pay.  At least in my experience.  When I nap, it screws up my night time sleep.  I am up late if I nap...and then I am tired when I wake up in the morning...thereby making it almost necessary to nap again...and feeding this cycle. 

     

    Maybe I am unusual in this but naps aren't worth the disruption of my night time sleep and then getting out of rhythm in my sleep patterns.

     

    I would say...getting a good night's sleep may elicit all those good claims the author is making.  But just from a nap...I don't know. 

     

    My Happiness Rating of this self help suggestion: 

     SmileSmile  2/5 happys. 

     

    What are your thoughts?  Do you nap?  If so does it refresh you or do you find that it messes up your night time sleep cycle?  Your thoughts and opinions are important.  We want to hear from you!

     

     

Published On: September 11, 2009