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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Are My Husband's Daily Naps a Problem?

By    |   Thursday, 07 Nov 2013 06:24 PM

Question: My husband is in his early 70s and takes several naps every day — in the morning and the afternoon — which last an hour or so. He is usually in bed by 9 p.m., and up early. Is this odd schedule bad for his health?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Your husband has a routine that is certainly unusual, but it clearly meets his needs for sleep. Unless he has health problems that can be tied to his sleep schedule (anxiety, cognitive disorders, heart issues), I don't see a reason to worry.
 
The only question I might have is whether he wakes up out of sleep habit or is he getting up early because he is awakened. Does he snore? If so, he should be checked for sleep apnea.
 

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Daily napping isn't usually a cause for concern, unless sleep apnea is keeping you up at night.
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