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User's Manual: Sleep

The Pros and Cons of Napping

So before you curl up on the couch this afternoon, consider whether your quick nap might backfire when you lie down in bed tonight.
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Daytime resting: helpful or harmful?

by Gail Belsky

Getting some sleep, even a short afternoon nap, may seem like a good thing for people with sleep disorders. But for those with insomnia and an already decreased desire to sleep at night, midday shut-eye can actually be counterproductive. So before you curl up on the couch this afternoon, consider whether your quick fix might backfire when you lie down in bed tonight.

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