I noticed early on in the midst of college life that I must be some sort of rare breed of millennial or something, because I don’t nap. Save the high brows and nose-scrunching, please; I’ve just never been a napper! This could very well be because, once I’m up, I’m up, or maybe it’s because the many myths about naps floating around got inside my brain and never left. I’m not saying naps are bad for you; I’m saying naps just usually aren’t for me, but if you do snooze midday on occasion, or, you know, whenever you can squeeze a few minutes of shut-eye into your schedule, there are a few pseudo-facts that need debunking ASAP, so even non-nappers like myself can get the record straight.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Just because I don’t frequently take naps doesn’t mean I don’t acknowledge the fact that a few extra minutes of sleep during the day doesn’t sound glorious. Doctor of psychology and licensed clinical social worker Dr. Danielle Forshee defines napping for Elite Daily as “a brief moment where you give your mind and body time to rejuvenate.” Now, doesn’t that sound so delicious?
According to Forshee, the act of napping isn’t just satisfying; it can be healthy, too, but there's some conflicting information out there that needs to be addressed. For example, Forshee explains that there are a slew of benefits to napping if you suffer from sleep deprivation, but if you sleep like a baby at night, napping for more than 20 minutes at a time can leave you feeling exhausted and miserable. Do you see the dilemma here?
Unfortunately, there are a handful of napping myths that make it kind of confusing to decipher whether or not you should be taking them in the first place. To clear things up for you, here are a few of the most common fallacies about naps, debunked.