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8/11/03 - Tyler

Naps May Actually Be Good for Your Health

They may be the masters of sleep, but many of those who work at Tyler's Sleep Masters, including Jennifer Young are just too busy to nap.

"I like to take advantage of the time I have off," says Jennifer. "I always have so much going on on those days I don't take many naps, so I think naps are helpful. I just don't get the time to do it."

But, Dr. Raymond Perkins, a sleep medicine doctor at Trinity Mother Frances, says siestas are proven to have far reaching benefits to people on the go.

"A nap is not a bad thing it just you don't want to much of a good thing," says Raymond Perkins, sleep medicine doctor. "I think usually it is recommended, a 15 to 30 minute nap is probably a good idea."

And people, like the mice in the study, seem prone to nap.

"There is going to have to be some genetic process going on," says Perkins. "In mice, they are set to take naps and people are prone to take naps. Some people can get very tired in the afternoon, and everybody has a change in temperature."

Studies have shown naps help sleep deprived people perform better at mental tasks like video games, which suggests naps just might help work performance.

"I take naps occasionally," says Steve Appel, a power napper.

Steve Appel swears by his occasional naps and what it does for job performance.

If I've had a busy day, I find after lunch time I get a little tired, sleepy," says Appel.  "And I realize I may not complete a whole day properly so by taking a 15 minute nap. It really refreshes me."

Preliminary "nap" research shows some power shut-eye can really make up for too little sleep at night.

Dana Dixon, reporting

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