It’s not just for babies and bobble head four year-olds. It’s not even just for the venerable Goldies, sitting in their chair facing the white noise of old tv reruns of “I Love Lucy” on a Friday afternoon.
Napping, is for everyone.
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Young, mature, elderly, it’s a hobby for some and a method of recharging for most of us. Napping is one of my favorite things to do in the late mornings or afternoons. And boy does it make a huge difference. Working long hours, especially hard into the graveyard shift, a power nap truly makes a vast of a difference. If it’s a desperate cry for help,and you can’t afford the luxury of time, a ten minute nap time does the job too. Reboot and recharge almost instantly.
A more comfortable and ideal time period for napping would be about twenty minutes or so. A super recharge for your body and mind so that you can take on the tasks at hand more efficiently.
The National Sleep Foundation of America writes,
“A short nap is usually recommended (20-30 minutes) for short-term alertness. This type of nap provides significant benefit for improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep.”
I’ll share with you, my personal sleep patterns.
I am a morning person by nature. I love getting up early because I get more things done in a short period of time.
I wake up at 6.30 a.m , clean the house, do some chores, take a shower after a glass of water or shower after I’ve head to the gym, then have breakfast and then get most things done by 9 a.m.or 9.30 a.m tops.
I’ll sit down for a programme or two till about 10 a.m. Then I take a short nap of 20-30 minutes from 10-10.30 a.m. Then I’m up again to prepare lunch.
I do my laundry and do my write ups. Check my emails, feed my cats again, fold the clothes, iron and do some dusting.
By 4 p.m , if i still do feel tired from staring at the screen, I’ll take another nap of 20 minutes. If I’m working the graveyard shift, I’ll nap from 5-7 p.m. So that my body and mind is ready for the long night ahead of being wide awake after my bed time. On a normal day, I’ll have dinner by 6.30 p.m and then have a small snack at 10 p.m if I’m truly hungry. If not, 7 p.m would be my last meal of the day.
My alarm alerts me that I must prepare to sleep by 11 p.m and by 12.30am, I’m in bed. If it’s a late night with the hubs, I’ll be asleep only by 1.30 a.m or 2 a.m tops. 3 a.m is really pushing it. I’m not 23 anymore haha.
We know that sleep patterns vary for everyone but napping is something that you can try to manage and squeeze in into your day. Incorporate this into your routine and see where it fits in. I know there are stigmas attached to it. Like if your mother in-law always sees you taking a nap every so often, she might perceive you as lazy and unproductive but know that these are all assumptions and no facts are attached to this at all.
So don’t worry too much if you truly need to get some nap time. Don’t feel bad about it at all. Take a nap with your kids too if you’d like. Just get up before they do so that you can get things done in the house while they’re asleep.
The key to a more balanced, energized and healthy lifestyle of course is one that allows you to sleep a good 5-8 hours. 10 hours if you had a hard day and really need a full on complete rest. Napping too often and too much is also never good for you too. It’s the same for everything else. In moderation and consideration.
Good rest and good night,