According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 85% of mammalian species are polyphasic sleepers - meaning they sleeping numerous times within a 24-hour period. This is in contrast to biphasic sleep, which consists of sleeping twice per day, and monophasic sleep, which most humans practice - though it hasn't been determined if this is the natural sleep pattern of humans. Napping has been and continues to be a very important aspect in many cultures and can yield many benefits. A brief, 20-30 minute nap can increase alertness without leaving you groggy or affecting your nighttime sleep. Napping will also help reduce mistakes and will help rejuvenate you. 

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Napping is even more important for babies and young children, as nighttime rest isn't quite enough for their developing bodies and brains. According to Baby Center, consistency is key when it comes to napping. Although this is difficult to achieve with newborns, it gets easier as the child gets older, as their sleeping pattern becomes more predictable. 

In the video below, baby Chloe is in the midst of a deep sleep and Mom is ready to wake her up for church, but Chloe isn't quite ready to leave her cozy crib. Check out the clip to see this precious interaction between Mom and her daughter. Don't forget to leave us a comment and share this video on Facebook!