Can taking naps during the day affect deep sleep at night?
Asked a year ago
I like taking short naps during the day, but my wife says that taking naps in the afternoon is the reason why I'm having trouble falling asleep later. Is she right? I know naps don't really count toward sleep hours, but can they affect my deep sleep at all? Does it matter when I take them?
Wednesday, March 08, 2023
Naps in themselves do not affect your sleep quality. However, its effect on your body can change depending on when you nap. Experts suggest that napping after 2 p.m. may affect your ability to fall asleep later at night since the afternoon nap may include deep sleep. Contrarily, napping before 2 p.m. should not affect your sleep cycle and quality.
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