From Medical Xpress,¬†Baylor College of Medicine’s Dr. Philip Alapat discusses whether there are health benefits to taking a nap.

“When you take a nap, you are trying to make up for some lack of sleep that is biologically perceived by your body, and you sleep when you normally wouldn’t,” said Alapat, assistant professor of medicine in the section of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine.

Alapat explained that as human beings we use our circadian rhythms to generate a sleep and wake cycle. If everything is perfect and we get the right amount of sleep, then everything runs smoothly, but this does not often happen.

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