Napping Helps Your Body with ADD

Napping Helps Your Body with ADD
In a simpler time, kindergartners were not expected to read books. They played and napped. Are you old enough to remember stories about naps in kindergarten? School supplies for the younger set included a woven rug to nap on. Those naps were believed to be restorative for both the students and the teachers! People with Attention Deficit Disorder often have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep. Would a nap be helpful for them? Recent research looked at the effects of naps on men who had only two hours of sleep the night before. The results were surprising and could have implications for folks with ADD.

A lack of sleep has many effects on a person's body. It exacerbates the negative symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder, especially inattention and difficulties making good decisions. These things can lead to accidents and poor productivity in the workplace. Missing sleep also impairs the body's ability to regulate its chemical reactions and repair mechanisms. The immune response is compromised. A new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), and authored by Brice Faraut, PhD, of the Université Paris Descartes-Sorbonne Paris Cité in Paris, France, found that a short nap of 30 minutes was helpful in restoring biomarkers that indicated an increased immune response, versus the response when a study subject was deprived of sleep.

This small study of 10 healthy men examined the chemical responses of their bodies when they only had two hours of sleep. Their hormones were examined using urine and saliva tests. Researchers found that hormones associated with stress rose after limited sleep. However, chemicals linked to immune response fell. Napping for thirty minutes returned hormone levels to a normal range.

Getting a good night's sleep is related to good sleep hygiene. Having comfortable surroundings promotes sleeping well. Have the room at the right temperature. Wear comfy sleepwear. Have the appropriate covers to help you get to sleep and stay asleep. Sleep in a dark room. If all of your best efforts fail, and you have a sleepless night, don't despair. Just remember what every kindergartner used to know…take a good nap. You'll feel better and your body will thank you.

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