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The Timing and Structure of Spontaneous Naps

  • Scott S. Campbell


Napping behavior in adult humans has often been considered to reflect a type of sleep that is fundamentally different from major sleep episodes taken at night (Dinges and Broughton, 1989; Kleitman, 1963; Wever, 1979). They are differentiated not only quantitatively, but qualitatively. Whereas major sleep is acknowledged to be the expression of an endogenously generated, regularly recurring, biological need, napping has generally been considered to be a compensatory response to previous sleep loss or a behavioral reflection of boredom.


Body Core Temperature Nocturnal Sleep Circadian Phase Sleep Episode Daytime Sleep 
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