I want to write a little bit about naps, since I have found in my clinical practice, that this can be a point of contention. Most insomnia sufferers sleep better at night by avoiding daytime naps. When I say most, it is about 80%. Twenty percent, however, report sleeping better at night when they have a nap.
How could this be when we know that more active alert time helps us build up our deep sleep drive? Well, for those insomnia sufferers who are particularly anxious, sometimes a daytime nap can help ease some of the anxiety. Their anxiety is eased because, for them, knowing that they already had some sleep that day, or that they will be able to nap the next day, makes them feel calmer. If you are one that feels less anxious when you have a nap, then keep your nap, but lets go over some guidelines for napping.
Be mindful of naps if you do need them! Until next time… Dr. B
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