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Napping Works

In a lecture to the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Conference (CAMCON) in Tucson, sleep therapist Dr. Rubin Naiman opined that restorative naps are the answer to the sleep deprivation suffered by 76% of Americans.

According to the lecture, light bulbs and television deprive the body of its needed signal (nighttime darkness) for sleep, overriding our natural biorhythms and depriving us of sleep. The dark trigger essential melatonin production, whereras excessive light at night (LAN) erodes our "lunar consciousness" and throws our body rhythms out of balance. Biologically, melatonin triggers the release of neurotransmitter GABA. Some people take melatonin as a dietary supplement. But napping is also said to provide restorative benefits.

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