A nap is a short period of sleep, usually in the day time. Naps are frequently taken when one becomes drowsy during the day or otherwise wants to feel awake at a later period of time that day. They are also often frequently taken by small children.
Naps are great on Sunday afternoon…
Image: 1993 Alyssa (my daughter) and her dad (my ex-husband)
Image: 1995 Brittany (my niece)
A few sleeping facts:
The Harvard-run Nurses’ Health Study has linked insufficient or irregular sleep to an increased risk for heart disease, breast cancer and colon cancer. Erratic sleep has also been researched by other groups that link protein and hormone production fluctuations as a contributing factor associated with these diseases.
“We have in our society this idea that you can just get by without sleep or manipulate when you sleep without any consequences,” said Lawrence Epstein, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “What we’re finding is that’s just not true.”
Sleep deprivation is associated with numerous medical illnesses and some serious problems including:
- High blood pressure
Psychiatric problems including depression
Poor quality of life
Mental impairment/loss of memory
Shortened attention span
Increases perception of pain
How Much Sleep Do You Need?
|1-4 Weeks Old||15 ½ – 16 ½ hours per day|
|1-4 Months Old||14 ½ – 15 ½ hours per day|
|4-12 Months Old||14 – 15 hours per day|
|1-3 Years Old||12 – 14 hours per day|
|3-6 Years Old||10 ¾ – 12 hours per day|
|7-12 Years Old||10 – 11 hours per day|
|12-18 Years Old||8 ¼ – 9 ½ hours per day|
|Most Adults||7 – 8 hours per night|
Do you need to change your sleeping habits or are you getting enough rest each day?