Take a nap -- science says so!

Sleep good!: A midday nap is good for your health. Photo by alykat from

A perfect post for a Monday morning...

The new book Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream by Jennifer Ackerman explores a wide range of new findings in human physiology. According to a review in the NY Times,

A host of new hormones have been discovered to govern appetite and satiety, and while the doldrums that follow lunch are still not completely understood, recent research strongly supports a brief nap to treat them.

So the next time the boss catches me napping at my desk, I’ll have bona-fide scientific research to back me up – all the way to the unemployment line.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

lash*love's picture
lash*love says:

naps after school just make me drowsy the rest of the day when i wake up!! so there not really that helpful lol but maybe thats just me

posted on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 10:05am
bryan kennedy's picture

Umm, considering you telecommute from several states away I am guess your pretty safe from the prying eyes. Read, Bryan is jealous of your ability to doze off after lunch.

This is one of those perennial issues like coffee or wine being good or bad for you. I feel like research is constantly coming out saying that naps are good or bad for you. "Sleep is totally important and we don't get enough," says one study and, "the human body can survive on surprisingly little sleep," says another. Don't get me wrong, I'm still a fan of naps. I just feel like this type of research has a communication problem. I never know how findings like this fit into the larger body of research into the subject.

posted on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 10:07am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Zzzzz.... hunh?... wha....? ... oh, sorry. I musta dozed off there for a sec. What were you saying? ;-)

posted on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 11:59am
Jackie Rabideau's picture
Jackie Rabideau says:

Typically, research says it's a good idea . . . it's even one of the seven habits of highly effective people. My question is how do people fit it into the busy day? It sounds like something people say they do, but never do. I don't see people sleeping at their desk or in their cars, so where do these people sleep? Probably only happens in the research labs.

posted on Thu, 01/24/2008 - 4:46pm
diamond2008's picture
diamond2008 says:

i take naps everday and i like it is good for you

posted on Fri, 04/18/2008 - 9:54am
boyofcool's picture
boyofcool says:

i take naps everyday so i feel refreshed

posted on Fri, 04/18/2008 - 10:02am
JARVIS's picture
JARVIS says:

I heard there was a country where they shut down everything for about 2 hours so people can take a nap. I think that taking naps is a good idea and will help you to live longer and feel better.

posted on Thu, 05/22/2008 - 9:05am
LEE's picture
LEE says:

ah. taking naps at school would be nice.

posted on Thu, 05/22/2008 - 9:10am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

CNN reports that taking naps at work is a growing trend. See -- I'm not lazy, I'm just ahead of the curve!

posted on Thu, 06/12/2008 - 9:23am

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