Does Anybody With ASD Need An Afternoon Nap

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27 Sep 2016, 2:17 pm

Does anyone with ASD need an afternoon nap to recharge?
If you work and have to skip your afternoon nap do you sleep more on the weekend?


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27 Sep 2016, 2:22 pm

I take an afternoon nap on most days that I don't work.


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27 Sep 2016, 2:31 pm

CockneyRebel wrote:
I take an afternoon nap on most days that I don't work.


Do you think it's related to ASD?


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27 Sep 2016, 2:43 pm

I barely sleep during the night, never mind the day. I think that's probably more typical of people with ASD than sleeping during the day (protip: proof-by-exmaple is a fallacious argument). I don't really see anything in the diagnostic criteria for ASD that alludes to sleeping during the day.



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27 Sep 2016, 2:45 pm

Oh yes, I have to have a nap every day, if I can. It's partly become habit, but is also needed, and I like doing it too. It's my way of 'meditating', or a relaxation. It doesn't seem to affect my night sleep either.


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27 Sep 2016, 2:46 pm

I could use one, yup.



I'd prefer not to mess up my sleep schedule though, lol. Seems that I take a 20 minute nap mid-day and magically that's equivalent to a whole day's sleep considering I'm wide awake for the rest of the night. Oh well. :P


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27 Sep 2016, 2:49 pm

SaveFerris wrote:
CockneyRebel wrote:
I take an afternoon nap on most days that I don't work.


Do you think it's related to ASD?


I have read in a book once that craving naps in the day can be related to stress and anxiety. I know other people of my age who nap every afternoon, and they both suffer with stress and anxiety issues (not Aspies, but one of them has Fragile-X). So it could be common in people with anxiety.


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27 Sep 2016, 2:50 pm

I'm always busy doing something but I get very sleepy in the afternoons. Like poor-coordination, pale, eyes trying to close on me tired. Not sure if it's an AS thing for me though, Mum says it's because I don't eat enough, which is a fair point.



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27 Sep 2016, 2:55 pm

There's no way I can sleep during the day, unless I'm very ill.
But I do have some 'down time' in the afternoon where I'll lie on the couch and contemplate the ceiling for half an hour or so.
Even robots need a recharge.


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27 Sep 2016, 2:59 pm

Joe90 wrote:
SaveFerris wrote:
CockneyRebel wrote:
I take an afternoon nap on most days that I don't work.


Do you think it's related to ASD?


I have read in a book once that craving naps in the day can be related to stress and anxiety. I know other people of my age who nap every afternoon, and they both suffer with stress and anxiety issues (not Aspies, but one of them has Fragile-X). So it could be common in people with anxiety.


That makes sense. Do you find you are more functional after the sun goes down? I find I'm more creative and do my best work at night.


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27 Sep 2016, 3:13 pm

When I was 17 and in Sixth Form at school, meaning that I wasn't in school for every lesson and often had entire afternoons off or a few hours between classes, I frequently had to go home and nap.

I realise now that it was stress-related. I had too much going on and was shutting down.

I am constantly tired, though, even now. I still struggle a lot with energy levels and handling some relatively simple things. I could easily sleep for 12 hours and feel no better for it, needing much longer ideally. I cannot remember ever feeling properly refreshed.

My husband used to urge me to visit the doctor because he was amazed that anyone could need sleep as much as I do. I realise now that it probably is an ASD thing - I'm ready to collapse at 7pm if my daughter's been difficult during the day, or if I've had to do chores and cleaning around the house. On easy days, I can manage much better (though I still wouldn't say no to the chance to lie in until lunch time the next morning. A girl can dream!).



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27 Sep 2016, 3:16 pm

Most people do. That is why in certain countries a 2 hour workday siesta is the norm. For Autistics trying to operate in an NT world is mentally draining so we probably need it more.


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27 Sep 2016, 4:13 pm

Yes, I sometimes feel really tired throughout the day. There have been times when I would take a nap right after I got home from work and sleep for about 3 or 4 hours. Then by the time I would wake up it would almost be time to get ready for bed.

If I don't get much sleep I get more clumsy and can't seem to communicate or function as well.



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27 Sep 2016, 4:24 pm

ArielsSong wrote:

I am constantly tired, though, even now. I still struggle a lot with energy levels and handling some relatively simple things. I could easily sleep for 12 hours and feel no better for it, needing much longer ideally. I cannot remember ever feeling properly refreshed.



Can totaly relate this. Can't remember the last I've woken up refreshed or even if I ever have.


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27 Sep 2016, 5:09 pm

Auuuuggggghhhhh!

Stop, you're triggering me ... * yawn *

zzzzzzzzz .....



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27 Sep 2016, 5:32 pm

the_phoenix wrote:
Auuuuggggghhhhh!

Stop, you're triggering me ... * yawn *

zzzzzzzzz .....


The power of the yawn :twisted:

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