Are you tired, and on the autistic spectrum? Then take a nap.
Yes, the sleep expertsare saying that having a nap during the course of the day is actually very beneficial for most people, whether you're NT or on the autistic spectrum.
This is really great news. From my experience, the majority of autistic adults suffer from tiredness during the day. Our brains work hard with the extra mental effort we put into understanding social situations, planning and completing tasks. I don't know about you, but my emotions are always on
Till now, all the advice has been "avoid sleeping during the day,
So why have I written about the benefits of napping in an autism blog, I hear you ask? Well in my experience of life on the spectrum, whilst managing a very busy career, I find that I do not have the mental stamina of my NT counterparts. At various times of the day, my brain becomes extremely tired and practically shuts down. No amount of caffeine can revive my thought processes or restore my mental energy. All I can do is find a quiet space and have a 45-minute
Perhaps this would be a helpful strategy for other people with autism. A carefully managed approach to
In her lecture, Dr Mednick discusses some really solid scientific research, into the health and productivity benefits of a carefully structured
Speaking as a usually stressed out autistic person, nothing energises by brain like an afternoon nap. I've always known this. But now I have science on my side, I will no longer feel guilty about indulging in a daytime power nap!
I look forward to less autistic stress and tiredness, whilst napping my way to even greater career success!
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