Ode to a Nap

Ode to a Nap.

I find that I’m a week away from a two-week business trip and am experiencing the ever-familiar situation of having things take longer to accomplish than I think they will. I need to clear my calendar and dig in if I’m going to be ready for take-off next Tuesday. So I’m going to dip into my treasure chest of writings and share some vintage stuff with you for the next few weeks.

I’ve had the topic of sleep on my mind for the past several weeks and will write something new about it soon. But for today, I want to share something I wrote as a guest post for The Mature Woman’s Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness back in 2014. It’s just as true for me now as it was then!

ODE TO A NAP

I never used to take naps.

Naps were for lazy people.

Naps were for wimps who weren’t up to the challenges of the day.

Naps were for people who were less than physically fit.

Naps weren’t for me.

Not for years.

Then, something happened.

Or rather, two somethings…

The progression of life

(otherwise known as aging)

and

an explosion of “things to do” that began to keep me up well into the night.

I’m a morning person,

so staying up until the wee hours of the morning

for weeks on end

didn’t sit well with me.

And “sleeping in”

(‘til 8 AM – which, for me, would be like sleeping until early afternoon for others I know)

wasn’t cutting it anymore with regard to getting the rest I needed.

Suddenly I realized what naps are for

and I started to take them.

Begrudgingly at first…

then willingly and with pleasure!

I started with one-hour snoozes.

They worked well for a while.

But as work heated up, one hour didn’t cut it anymore.

After a particularly successful, yet exhausting trip to the States,

I took a two-hour nap.

Delicious!

But still not enough!

After several days of slowly rebuilding my energy reserves,

I finally got the break I needed…

A day when all I had to worry about was me.

The mental and physical relief was so great that

I took a THREE-HOUR nap!

And I’ve never looked back.

Now, I am an unabashed nap taker.

I even put naps on my to-do list when I feel myself getting run down,

as a reminder that they’re okay

and as “official permission” to take them.

I’ll never “diss” a nap – or a napper – again!

Are you a napper? Comment below and let me know about your naps – when you take them, for how long, and how they help you be more productive.

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