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How good is it to take a day time nap for 30 min?

How good is it to take a day time nap for 30 min?

Daytime nap: You are given 15 minutes of rest for every 4 hours of work. That amounts to 30 minutes in a regular 8-hour job. You may avail that time for a nap if allowed at work especially if your have a stressful job or one that involves intesnse activity. ...Read more

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For what reasons every time i take a middle-of-the-day nap it is extremely hard to wake up?

For what reasons every time i take a middle-of-the-day nap it is extremely hard to wake up?

Noon Nap: The question is why do you have sleep inertia after you sleep, it could be a sign of inadequate sleep or insomnia or could be a sign of excessive sleepiness due to sleep apnea sleep study is important. ...Read more

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Is it better to take lots of little naps or to try to stay up to get on new time zone when travelling far?

Is it better to take lots of little naps or to try to stay up to get on new time zone when travelling far?

No data: No clear answer to your question. My guess is staying up and not napping is more likely to get you back on track quicker, but if necessary a nap probably won't hurt. ...Read more

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My friend has a terrible lifestyle: he goes to bed at 3am daily and uses FB until that time. He takes naps during the day. How can I help him? SoSorry

My friend has a terrible lifestyle: he goes to bed at 3am daily and uses FB until that time. He takes naps during the day. How can I help him? SoSorry

Helping a friend: A great place to start is to think about how your friend's behavior is impacting you? Are you worried, do you spend less time together, have you noticed his functioning decline. Ask him permission to share your observations and let him know in your own words you are looking out for him. ...Read more

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My son wakes up in middle of the night a few times a month for 2-3 hrs at time and is wide awake. Naps fine. Sleeps 10-12hrs night. Solutions? Reasons

My son wakes up in middle of the night a few times a month for 2-3 hrs at time and is wide awake. Naps fine. Sleeps 10-12hrs night. Solutions? Reasons

Going through phase: If his energy during the day is good and his growth and development is normal then don't worry. Just try to stick with a regular nap/play schedule and it should resolve. As for your insomnia, you do have my sympathies! ...Read more

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18wk baby will nap on me for up to 2hrs however when in cot which is where I want nap times,she's wide awake in 30min and won't go bak 2slp any advice?

18wk baby will nap on me for up to 2hrs however when in cot which is where I want nap times,she's wide awake in 30min and won't go bak 2slp any advice?

Sleep : you need to develop rituals to sleep. First, you need to avoid putting your baby on your chest to sleep because they get used to it and will refuse to do it any differently. Then try when they cry to wait 3-5 minutes, then try to calm your baby down without picking her up or feeding her. Next time she cries wait 10 minutes and do the same thing. ...Read more

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Can a 2 hour nap after a 6 time zone crossed flight cure possible jet lag?

Can a 2 hour nap after a 6 time zone crossed flight cure possible jet lag?

It will: Help but your body will take time to adjust to the new time zone. Power naps will help with the transition. But not eliminate the jet lag ...Read more

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My 6.5 months old is switching naps. If he takes 2 bed time is smooth. Bedtime rough when he needs 3

My 6.5 months old is switching naps. If he takes 2 bed time is smooth. Bedtime rough when he needs 3

Common at this age: A lot of babies will transition gradually from 3 naps to 2 right about your baby's age. The best advice i can give you is to try to gently encourage your baby to move to 2 naps on all but the toughest days. Try to fight through that end of the day crankiness/tiredness: the sooner he/she gets used to that, the faster the transition will be complete, and the easier bedtime will be. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 15 month old son has long frequent night wakings and never slept through night. He takes one good midday nap and goes to bed at the same time?

My 15 month old son has long frequent night wakings and never slept through night.  He takes one good midday nap and goes to bed at the same time?

Sleep routines: All adults & kids wake in the night but most learn to resettle & most don't remember the event.An infant that never learned to start sleep alone is unlikely to do so in the night. Day naps should be limited to no > 2hrs or the kid can flip his day/night pattern.Shaping a bedtime routine that allows baby to unwind, listen to a story, but settle in bed alone can also improve this problem. ...Read more

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My 7 month old stays up for 15 hours a day and takes no nap, she wakes up 3 times a night and still wakes up early in the morning...Is this normal?

My 7 month old stays up for 15 hours a day and takes no nap, she wakes up 3 times a night and still wakes up early in the morning...Is this normal?

No: This is not a normal or healthy sleep pattern for an infant. Causes of this vary and a thorough discussion of what is going on along with an exam to see if there is anything physical keeping her awake are recommended. Zero to three might have more information to help as well (http://tinyurl.Com/7jwm63r). ...Read more

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I want efficiently use my daily time therefore want to decrease my night sleep to 6 hrs and to add may be 30 min nap in afternoon. What you advice?

I want efficiently use my daily time therefore want to decrease my night sleep to 6 hrs and to add may be 30 min nap in afternoon. What you advice?

Need 7-8 hours: Most people need 7-8 hours of sleep a day (although many are not getting that much). Within limits it does not seem to matter if it is all at night, or some of it is through a nap. You are aiming for 6 1/2 hours, which really is not enough. Not getting enough time in bed makes people tired and sleepy and reduces their cogntive ability. ...Read more

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Normal amount of sleep for 20mnth old? used to wake up about 4 times/night to nurse but this past week she has slept from 11pm-9/10am. Naps: 2+ hrs

Normal amount of sleep for 20mnth old? used to wake up about 4 times/night to nurse but this past week she has slept from 11pm-9/10am. Naps: 2+ hrs

Yes. Success!: We (doctors, moms, dads, neighbors, etc.) all want babies to sleep through the night after they are 3 months old. Parents with babies who sleep through the night are lucky parents. As long as a baby is growing fine on his measurements at the check-ups, and is healthy, parents don't need to wake up a sleeping baby at night, and don't have to wonder if the baby is sleeping too much or too little. ...Read more

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My daughter is a month old now and she sleeps all day and is up all night how can i put her on a schedule where she is up all day and sleeps at night? and how many naps does she need during the day time? how much awake time does she need? how often?

My daughter is a month old now and she sleeps all day and is up all night how can i put her on a schedule where she is up all day and sleeps at night? and how many naps does she need during the day time? how much awake time does she need? how often?

Looks like a # of: good questions you have been submitting about infant care. Please consider excellent guides like "What to Expect the First Year" by Heidi Murkoff or "Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Year: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too! " They will help you all along the way. ...Read more

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How long should newborns nap at a time during the day?

Depends: If you want them to get their longest sleep period at night when you are trying for restorative sleep, don't let them sleep more than 2-2.5 hours during the day without at least waking them for 5 min before letting them go back down. Babies are only capable of one truly deep sleep period /24h and if they sleep 3-4 continuous hours during the day, they will be up every hour or so at night. ...Read more

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Why am very sleepy all the time and even when taking multiple naps?

Why am very sleepy all the time and even when taking multiple naps?

A problem: Sleep apnea results in inadequate restful sleep. A sleep study may be necessary , see your health care provider. ...Read more

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Been told that power napping is bad for you. One should stay awake until bed time?

Been told that power napping is bad for you. One should stay awake until bed time?

Napping: Not sure abut the context. In general napping unless you're < 5 or > 65 years old should not be necessary. However, we are a society that does not sleep enough hours and napping is much much safer than using medication including caffeine. This being said, if you suffer from insomnia, napping can be very harmful in disrupting sleep cycle. Power nap is 15 minutes or less to avoid deeper sleep. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 5m old to nap like 20min 4 times a day n get up 2or3 times a nite

Is it normal for a 5m old to nap like 20min 4 times a day n get up 2or3 times a nite

Hungry baby: I suggest you speak to your pediatrician, he/she may add some solids, like rice cereal to the baby's formula at night to see if baby is just hungry. Some babies nap more than others, try to reduce the naps the baby takes in the day to see if baby sleeps better at night. ...Read more

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Will a later bed time or cutting an afternoon nap help my baby sleep through the night?

Will a later bed time or cutting an afternoon nap help my baby sleep through the night?

Yes: We all need a certain amount of sleep per day. Even as adults, we know that a nap will make us go to bed later in the day. In a perfect world, we should have a good night's rest every night. The only way to answer your question is for you to try taking out the afternoon nap, and see if your baby will sleep at an earlier bed time and longer at night. If it doesn't help, let him/her nap. ...Read more

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3 mos baby is sleeping good at nite, but fights nap time& barely sleeps how many naps=length?

3 mos baby is sleeping good at nite, but fights nap time& barely sleeps how many naps=length?

Great nights!: It's hard to recommend anything that might sacrifice your nights. Preserve that no matter what. For the naps, start a strict daytime feeding schedule of every 2 -3 hours. Force the nap-time, but don't allow the naps to be more than an hour at a time. This will allow your child to get some rest, but hopefully it will not affect your nights. ...Read more

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When is a good time in the day and for how long should I nap to not disturb my normal sleep cycle?

Try a power nap: There is some evidance that naps of 45 min to an hour will not mess with your regular sleep cycle. Set the alarm yourself and get up, even if you are still sleepy. Regardless, try to keep your biorhythm clock consistant by arising at the same time every day, even weekends. If tired you can go back down after 5-10 minutes, otherwise you may have difficulty getting back on schedule. ...Read more

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Naps (Definition)

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 ...Read more