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Do you ever take an afternoon nap?

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found a short sleep in the afternoon improves people’s thinking and memory skills and makes the brain perform as if it were five years younger.

The team studied 3,000 elderly Chinese people and looked at whether those who frequently took afternoon naps performed better on mental ability tests.

Scientists found people who took a nap after lunch did better on the tests than those who did not sleep in the middle of the day. In total, 60 per cent of people in the study slept after lunch, with the average nap time being 63 minutes.

The study suggested an hour was the best length of nap; people who had longer or shorter rests performed up to six time worse on the tasks. Taking an afternoon nap of the right length is so beneficial that it has the same effect as being five years younger, the researchers said.

Many people on the continent take a regular afternoon nap or siesta and it is part of their culture.

Sir Winston Churchill was an advocate of afternoon naps. Naps were so sacrosanct to him that he kept a bed in the Houses of Parliament and believed that napping was the key to his success in leading the country through the Battle of Britain.

He said “Nature has not intended mankind to work from eight in the morning until midnight without that refreshment of blessed oblivion which, even if it only lasts twenty minutes, is sufficient to renew all the vital forces.”

What are your views?  Do you ever take an afternoon nap?  If you had the option, would you like to have a nap during your day? If you do take a nap currently, what benefits do you feel?

Do you ever take an afternoon nap?

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lily49
10th Mar 2017
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if you nap in the day you are more likely to wake up in the early hours
Stephen123
7th Mar 2017
1
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I love to nap!

When I was 10 years old I overheard people saying that you sleep a third of your life away so I (mistakenly) thought I would die aged 50! So I learned to meditate at an early age and now only sleep 4-5 hours a night so an afternoon nap is very welcome - normally 30-45 minutes.

I am 72, still actively working from home and have more energy than most of my peers.

I BELIEVE IN NAPPING!!
Yorkshireborn
28th Feb 2017
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Can't beat a nap on the sofa after a big dinner I look forward to it more and more in fact I have one even if I haven't even had my dinner
quietlady
24th Feb 2017
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I have an 30 mins afternoon nap 2-3 times a week and I feel much better for it.. I go to bed at 11.30 and get up about 8.30 and this suits me very well
gr8nutcase
14th Feb 2017
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I cant seem to stop myself having an afternoon nap, but I do have trouble getting off to sleep some nights, it can be 2/3 am before I go off, so find a need the nap. If I am out and don't get the nap I still have trouble getting to sleep!
Proudpatti
11th Feb 2017
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Sometimes your so tired you have to have a nap..Or if you feel unwell..
maryroth
7th Feb 2017
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I do but someone nearly always rings me ......Annoying lol
Yorkshireborn
28th Feb 2017
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I always put mine on silent if it's important they can always ring back or send a text
stevedore
27th Jan 2017
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I have always taken a nap or "power nap" all my life.I spent nearly all my working life working shifts based over a 7day working week .Now retired I still only sleep in short periods of 4-5hrs at most,so a nap is obligatory for me
anf
27th Jan 2017
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especially after a glass of wine with lunch.
Jenninora
20th Jan 2017
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Yes, I do take a nap or it may only be a meditation. On the days I that I have to work, an evening shift for example, I certainly benefit mentally. I do not believe anyone should think they have so much to do that it causes a kind of stress to one. Pace is good and a rest somewhere in the day.
Westminster
18th Jan 2017
3
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A short nap after lunch, say 20 minutes seems to invigorate me for the rest of the day.
fsmmct
17th Jan 2017
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I am in full time employment and there is no way that my employer would give me time for a power nap. I would have to do it in my lunch break which is 30 mins. eat, chat. snooze, hmmmm.

I do however, fall asleep late afternoon sometimes.
Goodeone
17th Jan 2017
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I do sometimes but l think maybe l sleep too long and it effects how much l get at night.
Pwilly
15th Jan 2017
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Inadvertently, yes.
Magdee
15th Jan 2017
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I tend to nap for an hour after tea. I don't like to go to bed too early because then I wake up at cock crow. Works for me.
JeanC5
14th Jan 2017
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I like to lie down for a rest in the afternoon but I am never able to fall asleep at that time of day.
ginntonic
14th Jan 2017
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I like an afternoon nap at the weekend after a busy week. I also find I like a nap when away on holiday.
Julie K
14th Jan 2017
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Sometimes. Most likely on a Sunday afternoon as Saturday is busy and I'm at work Monday to Friday and I don't think that would go down too well. Be nice though just after lunch.
madcatnan
13th Jan 2017
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I often take an afternoon nap, though not always a pre planned one! One of the reasons I record TV programmes is that if I fall asleep when watching them in the afternoon I know I can rewind!
greygoose12
13th Jan 2017
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Sometimes I just have to have a sleep. Sometimes I don't know I have dropped off till I wake up.
fsmmct
17th Jan 2017
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I know all about that. :0
jodorset
13th Jan 2017
3
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If I have time I often take a nap in the afternoon. If I become tired I just lay on my bed, not in it, possibly with a throw over me if it's chilly and drift off to sleep for a while.
fairlie1
13th Jan 2017
1
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I find it a great luxury to have a small nap in the afternoon
lizfid3
13th Jan 2017
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If I sleep during the day I wake like a bear with a sore head so I keep myself occupied and save the sleep for bedtime.
Alfredpc
13th Jan 2017
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I cat nap all day so I must have a great memory but I don't
Dorbhail
13th Jan 2017
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I never take a nap. I might miss something interesting that is going on 🙂
rosie49
13th Jan 2017
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Im a bad sleeper. carry on so long then suddenly bang! nothing nice than a good nap on the living room sofa!
marilynne
13th Jan 2017
1
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I lived in Spain for 9 years and it was a regular thing there. So when I came back I was used to it, so if I am in I take a nap.
CHRISDEVON1
13th Jan 2017
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Sometimes, If I have bad nights sleep.
Paul1234
12th Jan 2017
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Napping certainly works for me
john-r-p
11th Jan 2017
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Almost every afternoon
Derek Gray
11th Jan 2017
1
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Afternoon nap is easy now I'm retired!
Himself14
10th Jan 2017
1
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Lionel
10th Jan 2017
2
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I'm keeping stum! My wife tells me she's on SS too, and has a Silvercard!
Lancashire Lady
9th Jan 2017
3
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Have always had"quiet time" since a child. Grandchildren also taught to have "quiet time" .now I have retired ,frequently have"quiet time"!!
Yodama
9th Jan 2017
4
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I have just had a light bulb moment. The reason I am immature and childish is clear. I have been partaking in too many naps, I have been losing 5 years each time, ( so the blurb says) so am I now er.............12?
This put's a whole new light on pensioner's behaving badly.
crazyaboutcaivano
9th Jan 2017
2
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Not intentionally, but if I sit down with a book or in front of the tv for a few minutes after lunch, I find I have drifted off!
Prosseco
9th Jan 2017
2
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I have sometimes come home from work and have a power nap.
Tracy Lee
8th Jan 2017
2
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Being disabled and meds and illness, I sleep a lot! Which is fantastic because I don't feel much pain unless I move. The other half and I decided to buy a first floor apartment, due to the stairs, pain and lack of breath, I can't go out and sometimes I don't see people for a couple of days. Thank dog for animals! So, yes, I nap
Cactus14
8th Jan 2017
1
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I am retired and I do keep active, dog walking, gardening and small jobs around the place in general. I have health issues and attend rehabilitation, also help to look after the grandkids. If I do have 40 winks that's all it is. Don't do it everyday so what's the harm.
Georgie Girl
8th Jan 2017
1
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Trouble is what is good for one person is not necessarily good for another,
macilroy
7th Jan 2017
4
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Some days I just drop off for 1 hour other days not at all.
If my body needs to Sleep I let it.
I eat only home made food, drink Blackcurrant and apple Juice as I don't like milk, I have slices of BUTTER on my Bread, I am now 73 and I am the same weight as when I was 14, shrunk to 5'2 1/2" and weight 8 stone 4 lbs. I exercise Walking round the Garden as I have a Bad back and a lose nerve in my leg, plus C O P D and Asthma.
I live in Dubai for 4 years in 70's then later 5 years in the Sudan, just after the 1983 Coup.
So all in all I've had a very good life ! Inshallah
Wilf
7th Jan 2017
2
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Dubai in the 1970s must have been a lot different. We went there some years ago and it was like New York!. What was there in the 1970s ...just the small creek/port?
Marley444
7th Jan 2017
1
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After reading this article I think I will try this at the weekends ... we have a family friend who always does this on a Saturday afternoon and he's only just 60! My brain could certainly enjoy the benefits of being five years younger, and so could my body!!
jeanmark
7th Jan 2017
2
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I'm afraid it doesn't help me, even a few seconds of napping prevents me from sleeping at night.
Yodama
7th Jan 2017
5
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I have heard scare stories of napping being bad for you, but I do love a nap. Mexicans take siesta's, people in hot climates nap in the afternoon, they even close their shops for a nap.
If your body needs to rest, go for it, take a siesta.
Marley444
7th Jan 2017
3
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I totally agree with you LittleMinx ... 2017 ... the year of the Nap!
Yodama
9th Jan 2017
1
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Hear, hear Marley444. Here is a toast to napping!
MrsPat
7th Jan 2017
3
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I used to when the children were young as I just used to get so tired. It helped but then I found that an hour was not enough and I wanted about 2 or 3 hours sleep.

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