Medical Musings, Health Hypotheses & Therapeutic Thoughts
Who doesn't like an excuse for a nap! I consider it one of life's little luxuries. The picture below shows you a quick guide for optimum nap times, depending on what it is you are after. The article where this picture was sourced gives more detailed information on the science behind these recommended napping times (click here to read the article).
If you have problems with sleep at night time, you should consider no naps in the late afternoon. Visit the Centre for Clinical Interventions for a free printout of other sleeping tips to help regulate your sleep (click here for sleep hygiene information sheet).
Your Clinical Psychologist or Osteopath will likely ask you about the quality of your sleep as part of initial history taking and assessment. This is because sleep is an important part of psychological and physical health. Just some of the many functions that are impacted by sleep include learning, attention, memory, creativity, mood, metabolism, energy, immunity, libido and inflammation... important stuff! So get napping peoples!
This interesting TED talk from neuroscientist Molly Crockett highlights some of the flaws behind sensationalist claims in the marketing of "mood enhancing" drinks.
The message in this video can be applied more broadly, reminding us to be cautious of claims of "scientific proof" in popular media and advertising...