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A nap is a short period of sleep, usually in the day time. Naps are frequently taken when one becomes drowsy during the day or otherwise wants to feel awake at a later period of time that day. They are also often frequently taken by small children.

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Benefits versus risks of napping

Scientists have raised questions as to whether or not napping is beneficial[1]. Gregory Belenky, MD, Research Professor and Director of the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University, suggests that naps can make up for lost sleep during the night. However, prolonged naps, those exceeding 30 minutes, could cause sleep inertia which causes the subject to be groggy after the nap. Naps can also be helpful to one's alertness when 30-60 minutes long. [2]

Naps are not recommended for those suffering from insomnia or depression[3].

Naps are recommended for those suffering from illnesses, such as the flu.

Research on the benefits of napping

There are many benefits to napping. Napping can help refresh your mind from a tiring day. According to Camile and William Anthony, authors of The Art of Napping at Work (Larson Publication,1999), a 20-minute nap can improve your overall alertness, boost your mood, and increase productivity. He also says that a post-nap can last for several hours. In addition, your heart may reap benefits from napping. In a six-year study of Greek adults, researchers found that men who took naps at least three times a week had a 37 percent lower risk of heart-related death.[4]

See also

  • Power nap
  • Siesta - a short nap taken in the early afternoon, often after the midday meal. Such a period of sleep is a common tradition in some countries.

References

External links

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Middle English nappe(n) < Old English hnappian (to doze); cognate with Old High German hnaffezan.

Noun

Singular
nap

Plural
naps

nap (plural naps)

  1. A short period of sleep, especially one during the day.
Synonyms
Derived terms
See also

See Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take for collocations of nap

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to nap

Third person singular
naps

Simple past
napped

Past participle
napped

Present participle
napping

to nap (third-person singular simple present naps, present participle napping, simple past and past participle napped)

  1. To have a nap; to sleep for a short period of time, especially during the day.
  2. To be off one's guard.
    The regulators were caught napping by the financial collapse.
Derived terms
Translations
Synonyms

Etymology 2

From Middle English nappe, from Middle Dutch

Noun

Singular
nap

Plural
uncountable

nap (uncountable)

  1. A soft or fuzzy surface on fabric or leather.

Verb

Infinitive
to nap

Third person singular
naps

Simple past
napped

Past participle
napped

Present participle
napping

to nap (third-person singular simple present naps, present participle napping, simple past and past participle napped)

  1. To form or raise a soft or fuzzy surface on (fabric or leather).

Etymology 3

  • From the name of the French emperor Napoleon I of France (Bonaparte)

Noun

Singular
nap

Plural
naps

nap (plural naps)

  1. (British) A type of bet in British horse racing, based on the experts best tips.
  2. (uncountable, games) A card game in which players take tricks; properly Napoleon
Translations

Etymology 4

possibly Scandanavian, cognate with nab, see Swedish nappa (pinch)

Verb

Infinitive
to nap

Third person singular
naps

Simple past
napped

Past participle
napped

Present participle
napping

to nap (third-person singular simple present naps, present participle napping, simple past and past participle napped)

  1. (obsolete) To grab; to nab.
Derived terms

Etymology 5

From French napper, from nappe (nape).

Verb

Infinitive
to nap

Third person singular
naps

Simple past
napped

Past participle
napped

Present participle
napping

to nap (third-person singular simple present naps, present participle napping, simple past and past participle napped)

  1. (cooking) To cover (something) with a sauce (usually in passive).
    • 2006, Wayne Gisslen, Mary Ellen Griffin, Professional Cooking for Canadian Chefs‎:
      Vanilla ice cream topped with a poached or canned pear half, napped with chocolate sauce, and garnished with toasted sliced almonds.

Anagrams


Catalan

Etymology

Latin napus

Noun

nap m

  1. turnip (Brassica rapa)

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

nap fm

  1. Drinking cup

Hungarian

Etymology

Of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

Noun

nap (plural napok)

  1. day
    Egy hét 7 napból áll. - A week consists of 7 days.
  2. sun (also written Nap in the astronomical sense)
    Süt a nap. - The sun is shining.
  3. sunshine (a location where the sun's rays fall)
    Délben nem jó kimenni a napra. - It's not good to go to the sunshine at noon.

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Derived terms

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Expressions

Occitan

Etymology

Latin napus

Noun

nap m.

  1. turnip (Brassica rapa)

Romanian

Etymology

Latin napus

Noun

nap m.

  1. beet

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