Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is My Husband’s Napping a Problem?

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 03:37 PM

Question: My husband is 71 and keeps a very strange sleep schedule. He gets up at 3 a.m. and by the time I get up at 8, he is taking a nap which lasts an hour or so. Then he naps again at noon for a couple hours. He goes to bed at 9 p.m. Is this odd schedule bad for his health?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Your husband has a routine that, though unusual, clearly meets his rest needs. There are no adverse health consequences we can attribute to his schedule. The only question I might have is whether he wakes up out of habit or is he awakening at 3 a.m. because he is awakened. Does he snore? If so, he should be checked for sleep apnea.

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Napping itself is not usually a sign of health problems, but chronic sleepiness may be a sign of apnea.
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