My son learned about mammalian species and how they are polyphasic sleepers. This means to sleep for short bursts throughout the day.
Though we, humans are part of of this group, the majority of us sleep only one time in the day. We are monophasic sleepers, driven by society needs. Always busy, driven by schedules. This may be why napping is such a need, it seems, at least to my child.
With our hectic schedule my son appears sleep deprived. After a day of learning, he just wants to lay down and sleep. In my culture, there are negative stigmas associated with anyone other than toddlers, sickly and elderly napping. It appears lazy and unambitious.
This perception is false as napping can actually be very beneficial. After a short nap of 30 minutes, personally I am more alert, feel good and feel ready for the next challenge.
My son, I have noticed, does better with assignments, projects, and reading after a short nap. If he goes longer than 30 minutes though he acts groggy and sometimes can’t sleep well that night. His nap has to take place early to be effective. He also can only nap in a quiet and dark room.
I am sold on the benefits of napping and therefore do everything I can to accommodate and encourage it in my family. Nothing makes a family work together better than achieving relaxation- napping is a good way to do this.
Check out this guide to great napping.
Article By Nuria Almeida
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