The Society of Safe Napping Ireland (SSNI) is urging people around the country to be extra responsible this weekend when they engage in afternoon and/or evening naps.
They claim that the incidents of napping always increases on long weekends, with people needing extra time to recover from multiple nights out.
The organisation has said that although moderate napping can be a good thing for people to engage in, excessive or “binge napping” can actually have detrimental effects on a person’s physical, emotional and psychological health.
Although recreational napping may have some positive benefits, excessive amounts of napping can lead to many problems. Speaking on behalf of the SSNI, Mark Quilty warned of the dangers:
Many people nap for far too long, especially on bank holiday weekends. This can lead to a lot of problems, some of which include missing out on pre drinks because you’re asleep, being in a rush to get ready and looking like sh*te and being absolutely exhausted for the entire night because you overslept during your nap.
Quilty went on to comment that many people do not know how to take naps properly and often oversleep – a 20 minute planned sleep turns into a 3 hour coma and their body simply can’t cope. They are then left in a tired daze for the entire night and are absolutely no craic whatsoever.
People are urged to take extra precautions and care this bank holiday weekend when they go for a nap. They are advised to nap within the allocated time guidelines and where possible to use a “Nap Buddy” system, where they would nap with a friend or partner on a couch, as this has seen to be a safer and more emotionally supportive way to nap.