questionsdo you nap?

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Occasionally on the weekends. If I'm that tired during the week, I'll just go to bed early.

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@zzzaap: keep it under 25 minutes. Getting into deep REM sleep is what causes that feeling. If you do get into REM sleep, a good 2 hours is typically required to complete a full sleep cycle to avoid waking up tired.

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I do about 3-4 days per week, usually when I'm putting my 2-yr old son down for a nap. NOTHING better than laying on the couch with a sleeping baby on your chest. He's getting close to that age where naps won't be a frequent occurrence, and I'm really going to miss that. for 7+ years I've been doing this with 3 kids, and it hasn't affected my regular sleep patterns.

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I don't so much nap as flat out pass out for a few hours. If I'm tired, I will start to nod off no matter what I'm doing. Sometimes it effects my sleep schedule, sometimes not.

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Never been a napper. But then, I don't sleep a lot either. 5 hours is the usual. A cup of coffee in the afternoon is usually all I need to stay productive.

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Yes, as often as possible. Sometimes, within an hour of waking up (after am dog outing). Many times, mid-afternoon for multiple hours. None of that "power nap" stuff here--a real power nap lasts for 3 hours. Strength.

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I LOVE falling asleep in moving vehicles. (obviously not while i'm the driver) ...I live in New Jersey and commute to New York City. So, every morning I get an additional 30-45 minutes of sleep. That's always nice.

But otherwise, generally no, no napping... but I agree with the posters that, if needed, 15-30 minute power naps can make you much more productive for the day than not taking one.

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Finally going to sleep at 5:18 AM. Naps can be the worst thing ever sometimes.

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I was actually napping when this question was asked and look what good that did me. (it was a one hour nap but I still can't fall asleep at 3:23 am)

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Everyday if possible. I consider the ability to fall asleep quickly and enjoy a nap is a blessing. It's healing of your mind, body, and soul.

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@gt0163c: Bathroom break, set your phone to vibrate and set an alarm and lay down on the floor for 8-10 minutes or so. I guess it really only works if you have single person restrooms that are kept to a certain degree of cleanliness, but I couldnt count how many times that has helped me make it through the day.

And yes, I nap in a lot of forms. Sometimes it is like above, but mostly it is coming home from work and laying down on the futon and sleeping for a couple hours. I dont sleep much (4 hours a night is pretty average) so it is more of an exhaustion thing and to supplement my sleep. It doesnt interfere with my sleep schedule, because I have had issues sleeping for a lot longer than I have been collapsing from exhaustion. My doctor isnt found of this habit, but the way I look at it, I will stop when he can figure out why I dont sleep. Until then, I nap.

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Yes. Took one this afternoon, in fact.

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@zzzaap: Don't go into REM sleep; less than 30 minutes typically. I awake refreshed and alert.

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I don't sleep much at night (5 hours or less in the summer), so, I will typically take one or two naps of 20-30 minutes per day.

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Is there any way to prevent that craptastic feeling after taking a nap?

I always wake up from a nap too shaky and unstable to do anything productive.

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No. I always wake up with a headache, a crappy feeling and even more tired than I was before.

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I take daily naps when my son is in his room for his. I work late into the night and then have to wake up in the morning when he does. If I don't take that nap, I crash hard in the evening.

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Yes , before and after I go to sleep.

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I seem to be physiologically incapable of taking a nap any shorter than 4 hours (which isn't really a "nap").

Occasionally, though, I just lay down for 30 minutes and rest my eyes. It does have a reinvigorating effect, even if it may not be as potent as a true nap.

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Never. Only when I am extremely ill and dont have any reason to be awake cause I am so miserable. Nighttime is for sleep. Daytime is for activity.

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For many years I couldn't and didn't nap. I blame my old hard contact lens. Sleeping with those things in was a prescription for disaster. Once I gave them up (first for glasses, then for lasix), I discovered the joy of yielding to the call of my nice, soft pillow for a 15 minute power nap or an occasional 30 minute snooze. What luxury!

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Only in my hammock. Or in class. Or church. Or any other important meeting.

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Naps are essential.
A brief 20-30 minute nap can stretch my powers of concentration.

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I am a firm believer that naps are wasted on the young who don't appreciate them. :)

I nap fairly regularly on the weekends. I love a quick lay down about 3 or 3:30pm for about 15-20 minutes. There are many days at work when I think that my afternoon would be so much more productive if I could only close my eyes for 10 minutes. Sadly that's frowned upon in cubeville. Getting up and going for a walk in the halls helps out most day like that, but it's not quite the same.

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I hate taking naps because they always make me feel so groggy for the rest of the day an then I can't fall asleep later on. I never really intend to take a nap, I sort of just collapse on my bed and doze off and then wake up 2-3 hours later.

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I am a power napper. 15 minutes around 2 pm and I am set for the rest of the day. Drives my wife crazy, because she needs 90 minutes or more for a quality nap....

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I love to take a quick nap in the afternoon. Working from home allows it, and I feel so much better the rest of the day. It is only 15-30 minutes, but I actually miss it when I cannot nap for a short period each day.

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at work, as much as possible

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I never take a nap, but wish I could sometimes. :(

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Nope. Makes me feel like crap the rest of the day if I doze off prior to actual sleep.

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I don't really at all. I'm a night person and I used to fall asleep for a while when my girlfriend went to bed at night but now she works nights too.

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Not intentionally, but if I sit reading or at the computer long enough, I often wake up after having drifted off without even knowing it! I never feel tired enough during the day to actually take a formal nap; and when I do take the unintended ones, it does not affect my sleep at night. I only sleep about 6 hours at most anyhow.