Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

How does napping affect a good night’s rest?

While naps can help improve alertness in the short-term, they also can disrupt sleep if taken too late.

Taking a nap too late in the day can affect your nighttime sleep patterns and make it hard to fall asleep at your normal bedtime, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).

The National Institutes of Health recommends not taking a nap later than 3:00 pm to make sure that the nap does not interfere with your regular sleep at night.

A short nap – 20 or 30 minutes – can help rejuvenate you during the day without causing you trouble sleeping at night, according to the NSF.

For more information about how napping can affect a good night’s rest, talk with your physician.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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