I can’t remember the last time it happened. It used to be a regular occurrence. At some points in my life it was reserved for Sundays. At other points it happened multiple times during the week. It happened once this summer when I was running on empty. Lately, it hasn’t been part of my life; that is until today.
Today was the day of the nap. It had been too, too long since I’d closed my eyes and slept soundly during the middle of the day. It was glorious!
I planned to try to sleep for an hour . . . or maybe an hour and a half. It was a good plan. I didn’t follow it. Three hours after I set the alarm and snuggled under the covers, I convinced myself that getting up was the best thing to do. I had 40 minutes to get to the office, so it really was a good idea.
I’m pretty sure I really needed some extra sleep. I’m also sure I won’t have trouble sleeping tonight. The last few weeks have been busy and a little stressful. Not walking normally with an aircast boot on my foot lends to fatigue. People filled days—as exciting and important as they are—also contributed to my need for a nap. Whatever created the need, denying it was futile.
I’m not sure why little kids fight naps. Perhaps they’re concerned they’ll miss something amazing. I think the truth is, if they miss their naps, they’ve really shortchanged themselves. Silly kids.
My advice to you? If you have a chance to rest your eyes, take it! Even if it’s a power nap—one lasting around 20 minutes—do it! This site lists some of the benefits of the power nap. I tend to think they’re benefits for any nap. Some of my favorites include the following: less stress, more creativity and productivity, improved memory, and generally improved better health.
Don’t wait too long like I did. Take a nap the next time you have a chance.
photo courtesy of Katie Harris