Donya Currie is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Life section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter.

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I had a fascinating conversation this morning with a local sleep specialist, Dr. Maha Alattar, on the subject of naps. So many people are tired, moody and unable to concentrate, at least on occasion, because they haven’t slept enough. One great solution: Nap! If only employers sanctioned it…Alattar said even a 5-minute nap can be helpful, believe it or not. But you have to be careful: Nap at the wrong time, or for the wrong reasons, and you might suffer.

I’ll share more of what Alattar said — about sleep woes, naps and caffeine — in a story in next Sunday’s (May 24) Healthy Living.

Meantime, you might find this interesting:

Fatigue is so prevalent in our society that some people are actually paying to take naps — see this story the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about nap "spas," where you fork over $$$ to snooze in comfort:


  • MAVRICKinc

    I can’t imagine making it through the day without a nap.Thanks for passing forward, the difference between calm and chaos. Who would have ever thought a nap could make such a difference? It’s like night and day.