Make sure your patients understand optimal timing and duration of naps. Newsmax Health speaks to sleep medicine experts on this subject.

“Napping adds to your quota of sleep,” says Joyce Walsleben, associate professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine and author of “A Woman’s Guide to Sleep.” In general, that’s a good thing because most people “never seem to get enough sleep,” she tells Newsmax Health.

In other words, naps can make a dent in the sleep deficit many of us have. And a short daytime sleep can serve as a much-needed pick-me-up in the middle of the afternoon, helping you function at a higher level.

Naps can “revive your senses and increase your sharpness in decision making and reaction time,” says Walsleben.