Daytime Sleepiness and Napping: What You Need to Know

Daytime Sleepiness

There’s an awful lot of conflicting advice out there when it comes to helping you spend your waking hours as awake as reasonably possible. Some people swear by the effectiveness of napping, while others argue that naps just throw off your body’s ability to get to sleep on time at night.

In fact, one recent study even showed that daytime sleeping can even disrupt the rhythm of up to one-third of your genes, which study organizers pointed to as a possible reason that night shift workers suffer from a higher incidence of chronic illness and disease.

But is sleeping during the day really as problematic as some people make it out to be? And if so, what are some alternative ways to battle daytime sleepiness?

Understanding the Cause of Daytime Sleepiness

Before we can adequately address whether daytime sleeping or napping might be of use to your particular schedule, it’s important to understand that chronic daytime sleepiness is a genuine medical condition. This feeling of constantly being tired every day is known as Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, or EDS. While the symptoms of EDS can involve everything from dozing off at work, having trouble concentrating, or constantly feeling irritable, isolating the particular source of your EDS can be quite complicated.

EDS affects an estimated 20 percent of the entire population and is typically linked to a more specific sleep disorder or condition, such as obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, or restless leg syndrome. Each of these disorders requires a unique course of treatment, and we invite you to review their corresponding articles here within The Scholar if you believe you may be suffering from one of these conditions.

To Sleep During the Day or Not, and for How Long?

Most health professionals agree that occasional and short daytime naps can be of healthy benefit from time to time, but it’s important to rule out other potential medical conditions first before just assuming that a daily nap is all you really need. Many serious illnesses (including heart conditions, diabetes, and depression) can cause you to feel sluggish during the day.

Once you’ve ruled out any potential medical condition at the route of your occasional daytime sleepiness, here are some general tips that can help you get the most of your daytime sleep:

  1. Limit your nap to 30 minutes or less, since sleeping longer can actually make you groggier when you wake up than when you were laid down.
  2. Aim for 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm as the ideal time when daytime sleeping might benefit your the most. A nap too late in the evening will likely just delay your normal bedtime.
  3. A cool room temperature has been shown to help you get to sleep faster than a hot room.

Choose the Right Sleep Surface

In addition to finding a room to nap in that’s cool, dark, and quiet, it goes without saying that the comfort of the sleep surface you’re laying on will have a dramatic impact on how quickly you fall asleep and stay that way. Spink & Edgar not only specializes in creating some of the most comfortable luxury mattresses on the market today, but our quality mattresses are also among the only ones on the market that you can truly feel good about bringing into the air you breathe every day in your home. That’s because Spink & Edgar’s luxury mattresses design incorporates natural materials like wool, cotton, and linen to create a sleep surface unlike anything else you’ve ever felt.

We invite you to find a retailer near you today to experience the Spink & Edgar difference for yourself. In the meantime, don’t forget to subscribe to The Scholar for more free articles on the latest developments in sleep science.

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