In this health video you will learn whether naps are good or bad for your sleep pattern.
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Raena Morgan: Dr. Hajal. Naps. Are they good or bad for adults? Dr. Rizan Hajal: I think, in general, we can say that they are bad, which means they are not good. Raena Morgan: They are bad? Dr. Rizan Hajal: If you could sleep as much as you want at night and there's nothing upsetting you, either socially or any diseases that are upsetting you and you sleep as much as you wanted, there's no reason why you would need a nap the next day and what I see frequently is most of the people try to nap on Saturday and Sunday, why which you nap most in Sundays because it's the weekend and you have the time. You can't nap at work, at least not that somebody knows. So you end up creating a debt of sleep and then paying it back on Saturday and Sunday by taking a nap. So a nap is an indication that you're not sleeping as much as you want or as long as you want or as rested as you want. So, we usually recommend no nap. If you are tired and you do need a nap, we know for a fact that somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes a power nap is better than taking longer naps for many reasons. The main two is if you take a longer nap, you're already taking stealing sleep from that night that you are going to at night you won't be able to sleep as long. And number two, it takes you longer to recover from the nap. So if you take a nap that is three hours, it may take you 45 minutes to be able to get up fully after that and you can lose the benefit of that. But if you take a 10, 15 minute nap, then you're able to function better. So I, if for people who have sleep disorders such as narcolepsy or other things, I recommend for them to take two or three naps of 10, 15 minutes as opposed to taking one of 45 minutes. Raena Morgan: I see. So you can't catch up on sleep, once you have a deficit. Dr. Rizan Hajal: That's true I mean you can catch up by taking a nap. Let's say somebody had a very bad night. They had to go for some social reason they had to get out of bed of course the next day you can take a nap. But it shouldn't be a routine or a normal thing that I spend Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon napping. I mean you should be doing things on the weekend, not napping. That's a sign that you haven't been getting enough sleep through the week. Raena Morgan: Okay, so and with elderly people, they tend to nap a lot and that's of course as said sleep deprivation. Dr. Rizan Hajal: Absolutely and I think elderly who nap a lot is an indication about how poor their sleep is at night and the more they nap, it becomes even poorer and it becomes a vicious cycle and elderly people who sleep very well at night, there's still again no reason for them to be napping during the day time. Raena Morgan: No naps. Dr. Rizan Hajal: No naps. Yes. Raena Morgan: Alright, thank you.