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Naps, sleep apnea, the right mattress

It's one p.m. and already I'd love to catch a quick nap. But maybe that's just because I'm hanging out with William and Camille Anthony authors and authorities on napping. Need I say more? These nap junkies have a unique lingo to discuss their favorite past time.
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CAMILLE ANTHONY : Well. We're not napaphobic. Right Bill? WILLIAM ANTHONY : Right. We aren't. CAMILLE ANTHONY : No. And I... WILLIAM ANTHONY : We don't have a deep-seated fear of napping. CAMILLE ANTHONY : No and I'm not a snapper. WILLIAM ANTHONY : Right. You don't criticize me for my napping behavior. William and Camille Anthony, Authors of 'The Art of Napping at Work'WILLIAM AND CAMILLE ANTHONY (authors of "The Art of Napping at Work"): Right! CAMILLE ANTHONY : And we have napnasiums. WILLIAM ANTHONY : Right. We have certain places where we practice our napping. CAMILLE ANTHONY : Right. What else? WILLIAM ANTHONY : Well we have a number of napnomic devices. CAMILLE ANTHONY : Correct. And what's your napnomic device? WILLIAM ANTHONY : Oh. Probably an open window or a radio on or something like that. How about you? CAMILLE ANTHONY : Mine's a blanket and my shoes off. NARRATOR : Okay. But what are these napaholics really trying to tell us? WILLIAM ANTHONY : We think it's a natural thing to nap. What's unnatural is not napping and we have to get over that and start to be comfortable with with following what our body wants us to do which is to have a nap revel in your nap around somewhere between one to four in the afternoon. NARRATOR : Bill is talking about what's known as the post lunch dip. It's our circadian rhythms calling again. Deny it if you want but we have a physiological need to take a nap in the afternoon. In many countries, people surrender and take a much-needed siesta. Famous nappers include Thomas Edison who did it on the sly. And Winston Churchill who did it openly. Recent studies show that napping can increase alertness and if Bill and Camille have their way everyone will be getting a little shut eye during the day. Together, The Anthonys have written a book "The Art of Napping at Work." WILLIAM ANTHONY : It's not that folks should nap on the job but nap at work. In other words, during their break. They get bathroom breaks, coffee breaks, smoke breaks, lunch breaks, etc., and they should be able to take a nap during those breaks if they wish, So it's not really asking a lot it's just saying during your break one of the good things you can do for yourself is to nap. NARRATOR : As for the Anthonys they are anxious to get to work on another book but not until after they take a quick nap. KAT CARNEY : It's 3 p.m. and I've been up for seven hours. I'd like to take a nap more than ever but not today. But hey, if you're a napper. Here's some advice for you. NARRATOR : Remember the stages of sleep? Well we shift from light sleep into deep sleep after 20 minutes. So if you want to nap. Set your alarm to wake you before you enter deep sleep. A 20-minute nap. Or wait until deep sleep is over. That's a 90-minute nap. Anything in between and you'll wake up groggy. KAT CARNEY : Now let's meet someone who couldn't get through the day without taking several naps. He has a medical condition that is one of the leading causes of daytime sleepiness. It's called sleep apnea. NARRATOR : This is publisher Walter Connors. Ten years ago he began to experience daily debilitating bouts of fatigue. He needed help so he went to spend the night in a sleep lab. Walter Connors, publisher, sleep apnea illWALTER CONNORS (publisher, sleep apnea ill): It's a weird night. You try to go to sleep. You're hooked up with a lot of wires all over you and there's a camera going up in the ceiling watching every move you make during the night. There is a technician in the next room who comes in and watches you during the night and it's quite a trick to get to sleep at all. NARRATOR : While Walter slept his tongue relaxed blocking the opening of his airway momentarily suffocating him in his sleep. WALTER CONNORS : I was running at the rate of 60 apneas an hour which is 60 times an hour and my breathing would shut down. Yes. It's the same place as the large blue awning... NARRATOR : Walter is not alone. Sleep apnea affects as many as 18 million Americans and its number one symptom is snoring. Walter's remedy? A special mask that applies just the right amount of pressurized air to the throat and keeps the airway open. It takes some getting used to especially if you roll over when your sleep. WALTER CONNORS : It's not the most comfortable way to sleep. But it is a help. And with me it's cut the apnea events down from 60 to about 30 an hour so it's not the complete answer. NARRATOR : Nevertheless. The mask has changed Walter's life. His daytime sleepiness has all but vanished. WALTER CONNORS : My stamina is better. I can attend meetings in the afternoon and am just about as alert as I was first thing in the morning. I don't have the tremendous need for naps that I used to have. So it's a big improvement. KAT CARNEY : Huh! You thought I was sleeping didn't you? Please. I'm past the halfway mark. I can't quit now. Actually. I'm just testing mattresses. You know. Do you toss and turn at night for hours trying to get to sleep? Well, it might be that old lumpy mattress you're sleeping on. I mean, after all, the average person spends 24 years of their lives sleeping. So choosing the right mattress is extremely important. I've got some testing to do. So I'm here at Jordan's Furniture and I have no idea how to choose a good mattress. William and Camille Anthony, Authors of 'The Art of Napping at Work'BRIAN CARROLL (Sleep Technician): Maybe I can help. KAT CARNEY : Oh. Maybe you can Brian. I need a good mattress. BRIAN CARROLL : Okay. Well choosing a mattress can be a difficult thing. There's a lot of things to consider and it's very important. For example. What you're on right now is a waterbed. KAT CARNEY : This is a waterbed? BRIAN CARROLL : They don't look like they used to. They don't look like a wooden sandbox with a bag of water in them. But lay right down and I'll tell you about it. Water's great for contouring to the shape of your body so you can be comfortable and yet it's supportive. There's also latex foam. Latex foam is a foam rubber so it's supportive for your back as well as feeling foam-like. Squishier. Soft. There's something new on the market. It's called visco-elastic memory foam. Originally the material was developed by NASA and they developed it to relieve pressure points with the astronauts. You also have your traditional inner spring mattress. They're gonna support your back well. NARRATOR : The most important question to ask yourself when thinking about a mattress is "When did I buy my old one?" A good mattress lasts about eight to 12 years. So if you bought yours before Bill Clinton became president it may be time for a new one. These mattresses are all good so it's really a matter of taste. And of course money. A decent mattress runs from 500 dollars all the way to 2000 dollars. But be careful not to skimp. This is one area where you usually get what you pay for. BRIAN CARROLL : The more comfortable you are. The better you are going to sleep. KAT CARNEY : But it is about getting a good mattress. BRIAN CARROLL : It is. KAT CARNEY : It's about getting a good mattress. Tell them. Brian. BRIAN CARROLL : It is. It's about getting a good mattress.