Prevent Mental Illness: Say Yes To Nap Time!

Prevent Mental Illness: Say Yes To Nap Time!

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Mara Sto Domingo started this petition to Dominican College

More than 85% of mammalian species are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day. Humans are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that our days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness. It is not clear that this is the natural sleep pattern of humans. Young children and elderly persons nap, For example, and napping is a very important aspect of many cultures.

As a nation, the United States appears to be becoming more and more sleep deprived. It may be our busy lifestyle that keeps us from napping. While naps do not necessarily make up for inadequate or poor quality night time, a short nap of 20-30 minutes can help to improve mood, alertness, and performance. Nappers are in good company: Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Napoleon, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and George W. Bush are known to have valued an afternoon nap.

60 minute nap is best for improvement in remembering facts, faces, and names. It includes slow-wave sleep, the deepest type. The downside: some grogginess upon waking up.

Insufficient sleep is not only detrimental to a teen's health, it can also wreak havoc in their academic and athletic performance. It can also results in auto accidents if they fall asleep behind the wheel. The CDC funds that insufficient sleep can be associated with drinking, smoking, and drug use.

We strongly believe that taking naps will prevent Mental Illness for that not having enough sleep will possibly make students have Mental Illness given to the fact that over the past decade or so it has become increasingly clear that disturbed sleep often comes before an episode of depression, not afterwards, helping to do away the notion that sleep problems are secondary to other disorders. And having enough sleep will also help students improve their grades; because all the studies show that sleep has a very important impact on cognitive and daytime functioning of children with these condition.

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