Most people ask, “Is it normal to nap?” “Is it good or bad?’ A sleep professional may wonder if this is a sign of sleep disrupted breathing.

Napping is both beneficial and protective for the elderly by helping to protect from heart attack or strokes, but can also be an identifiable factor for dementia or the risk of death from a yet unidentified disease.

This napping can be making up for lack of sleep caused by frequent urination or even pain. Only severe sleep disrupted breathing predicted sleepiness during the day. Periodic Leg Movement did not though. Is napping “good or bad” does not have an answer as simple as night or day.

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