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Naps (Overview)

Napping is a normal part of a baby's sleep routine. They typically sleep more than 12 hours out of 24 throughout the first year, but not all of it is at night.


Naps (Overview)

Napping is a normal part of a baby's sleep routine. They typically sleep more than 12 hours out of 24 throughout the first year, but not all of it is at night.


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Are naps healthy?

Are naps healthy?

Are naps healthy?: While some studies may suggest that a short nap during the day is beneficial, sleep hygiene recommendations argue against naps as they disrupt our normal 24-hour sleep wake cycle. Better to get higher quality sleep of good duration at night. ...Read more

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Are naps good for you?

They can be: Naps can go a long way to improving your health if your lifestyle & schedule interferes with getting enough restorative sleep.Those recovering from an illness, or relaxing after prolonged exertion need extra rest. Growing teens may need an extra hour or 2 /night. Beyond these situations, a healthy adult getting 8 hours/night likely gains little. ...Read more

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Are small naps healthy?

Are small naps healthy?

Are naps healthy?: While some studies may suggest that a short nap during the day is beneficial, sleep hygiene recommendations argue against naps as they disrupt our normal 24-hour sleep wake cycle. Better to get higher quality sleep of good duration at night. ...Read more

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How long should teenagers nap for?

How long should teenagers nap for?

Sleep: If teenagers get adequate sleep at night of 8-10 hours then they should not need to nap during the day on a regular basis. If there is a current illness that can cause excessive lethargy or fatigue then napping may be required. ...Read more

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How should I schedule my baby's naps?

How should I schedule my baby's naps?

Whenever: Whenever the baby feels the need. They will let you know. ...Read more

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Are naps good for your mental health?

Are naps good for your mental health?

Naps: Some cultures hold afternoon naps in high regard for long term productivity and tension reduction. ...Read more

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How long do my baby's naps need to be?

How long do my baby's naps need to be?

Depends on the baby: It depends not only on the baby, but also on how well they're sleeping at night. If their nightly sleep is good - good length, good quality, sustained through the night - then they're daily naps are more dependent upon their particular needs, if they don't sleep well at night, though, daytime naps may be part of the problem. This is always a good one to discuss with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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