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Adult Napping and Its Effects on Ability to Function

  • David F. Dinges


Daytime napping by otherwise healthy human adults has been a controversial topic within sleep research, owing in part to the lack of integrated information on napping. Recently, the topic was extensively reviewed (Dinges and Broughton, 1989a) and considerable evidence offered to support the conclusion that napping can often be an adaptive option, reflecting a chronobiologically regulated sleep tendency that is amplified by sleep pressure and gated by environmental opportunity (Dinges and Broughton, 1989b). This chapter reviews work we have conducted over the past 10 years on napping patterns and their effects in healthy young adults.


Total Sleep Time Nocturnal Sleep Sleep Pressure Healthy Human Adult Sleep Inertia 
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