No-No to Nana Naps

According to a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, when patients with FM nap during the day to cope with their symptoms, their symptom severity may actually increase. 75. good in bedA team of researchers from New Zealand, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and Germany gathered data from an online questionnaire and noticed that frequent and longer naps taken during the day corresponded to greater symptom severity.

“Given the common use of daytime napping in people with fibromyalgia, evidence-based guidelines on the use of daytime napping in people with chronic pain are urgently needed,” stated the authors.

198. tiredThe questionnaire gathered data on age, sex, and other population descriptors, as well as measures to assess daytime napping behaviour. From this data, the researchers divided the patients into two categories: those who regularly napped and those who napped less frequently than once a day. The majority of daily nappers did so during the afternoon without meaning to take a nap. Only 22.5% of participants indicated that they plan their daytime naps. Generally, patients nap because they are tired or exhausted, do not feel well, need to make up for a bad night’s sleep, have a headache, or are experiencing pain.

FYI: Younger patients napped more than older patients during the day, both in frequency and in duration.

Although napping makes patients feel better at the time, this study suggests that overall symptom severity may worsen as naps become longer and more frequent.


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  1. Rachel Pronyshyn

    What about those of us who have a hard time sleeping at night? I often don’t get to sleep til 5 am or 6 am. My best sleep is from 5 or 6 am til noon. As I am retired I sleep when I can.

  2. Rachel Pronyshyn

    I love your comics!

  3. I slept 4 hrs a day for 15 years due to pain and agitation within myself. One year I didn’t sit down, I couldn’t bend at the waist. I have a spinal injury from a car accident (not my fault, although what does that matter),… many other shocks to my system have also happened through hard physical work.

    Oh, my point; it took a Psychotic episode to highlight to Doctors I was in Pain, not Depressed, or suffering PTSD.

    I was shopping in a Mall and thought I’d lost my 2 year old Son. A thorough search of the mall by police, Helicopter, the lot, … a subsequent phone call to my then Wife, who said He was home with Her lead to me being Hospitalised in a nasty place.
    Continuing Pain and a need to do the weeks shopping lead to the breakdown.
    I was stubborn, however people should have noticed now I think back. Oh well.

    Subsequently after 25 years I don’t care if I nap, when I sleep, and I do what I can when I can with little help.
    They say I have Fibromyalgia, and suffer from Chronic Pain.
    I am comfortable.
    Once Life was bright, energetic and cheerful, so that memory is my most precious thought.
    A Dream which is a dear Reality at some point each day.
    I’m comfortable and fortunate to have lived, to have a Son, a pension, and live in a unit alone with my cat. Each day for what it is, is a Blessing.

    Thanks for allowing me to write and complain.

  4. I don’t think that the article supports this point of view at all. All it is documenting is correlation, it isn’t proving causation. It’s more a scoping kind of study I guess. Just my two cents worth.

    • Absolutely correct, Kate. I’m attempting to open communication with Dr Alice re another of her studies – ‘proving’ that mindfulness is ineffective as a therapy. Where her figures are showing fudge. Mmm, fudge.

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