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I was having a discussion with a few friends today, and I came to the realization that I no longer enjoy naps. When I was growing up, my enjoyment of napping came in waves, as a child I took a nap because I was told, as a college student I enjoyed taking naps because I was quite active during the day, but at this age I just feel like I am wasting time when I nap. The way I look at napping today is as a way to lose time in the day, when I take a nap I end up with insomnia and generally less productive for the day. Whenever I am tired enough to take a nap, I end up groggy, a bit disoriented, and completely unable to finish my set tasks for the day. Maybe the length of my naps is the problem, but I can’t seem to enjoy them much at all. When I think about it, I can honestly say I haven’t taken a nap in the past couple of years without being sick. I always wondered why napping is actually an activity that many people enjoy, so I looked into it and learned of the many benefits the short midday sleep has on the body. Studies have shown that napping 18 – 20 min a day can increase cognitive ability and even have positive effects on the heart over several years. I really don’t like losing time in my day, and I am not sure where I will find the time to take 20 minute naps everyday for the next few years, but I will attempt to take a short nap each day this week in order to see if I can gain any of these positive effects and possible a more positive view on the subject.