Naps

There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled - Ovid

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Napping may not be such a no-no

The nap has long been the troubled stepchild of the unassailably hygienic and universally admired good night's sleep. At work, if you get caught napping, it could get you into trouble or, more mildly, sully your reputation for diligence. In studies, naps have been linked to ill health, although usually as a consequence, not a cause. And in sleep recommendations, naps have taken a back seat — or been cast as a threat to nighttime sleep. On its Web site, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine tells people to "avoid taking naps if you can."

But lately, naps have been shedding some of their bad-for-you image. Researchers are finding benefits. A few employers have become accommodating of…

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