Is napping good for moms

Filed under: Just For Moms, Toddlers Preschoolers, Work Life, Development/Milestones: Babies

Sometimes the first thought on my mind when I open my eyes in the morning is, "I can't wait until the next time I can go back to sleep." This train of thought has nothing to do with a depression or distaste for life, but rather the fact that I just don't feel like I can ever get enough sleep. My 2 year-old slumbers in his crib from about 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Once he goes to sleep then it is time to tend to the older children. Once they are in bed, by about 9 or 9:30 p.m., then I feel entitled to some time to myself. Sometimes this span of time stretches and I end up getting far less sleep than I need before the whole grind begins again the next morning.

Now that I work from home, I can sometimes catch a quick nap during Devon's afternoon sleep time. But is this a good idea for an adult? According to some folks at the Mayo Clinic an afternoon nap is a good thing if you awake refreshed and ready for the remainder of the day. A nap that lasts between 30 and 60 minutes is a beneficial recharger for the body; anything longer could upset the body's internal clock and disrupt night time sleep patterns.

I prefer my afternoon naps to last somewhat longer and I don't always awaken refreshed and ready to face the rest of my daily duties. But maybe I can limit the next nap to an hour and go to bed earlier. What about you? Are you a napper?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.