I recently read a guest blog about the nap and it got me thinking…You know, the nap is quite underrated. It’s one of those things that I rarely take advantage of, yet, when I do I feel so great. Rejuvenated. Excited. Energized. So I wonder…why don’t I take more naps? The answer to that question is simply: It’s a matter of time and convenience. I don’t afford myself the opportunity for this luxury. (Perhaps, however, now that I will be *ahem* not so busy during the day I can take advantage of it. Time will tell.)
Years ago when I worked at the coffee shop and my shift was the 5:30am start I would occasionally indulge in a little afternoon sleep. I had to power up for the rest of my day. I’ve found that the best way to nap is to lay your head at the FOOT of your bed (it’s a Feng Shui thing) and with your bed aimed toward your door (so when you’re napping your head will be in the direction of the door). It sounds silly but I challenge you to try it.
Find some comfy gear – lounge pants, a sweater, a nice beat up pillow – and climb onto your mid-day throne (no, not that one). Darken your room by closing your curtains and turn off your tv, radio and computer (and put down any books or magazines that you may want to read) and just relax. Allow your mind to wander…not too much…to some place quiet and pretty, devoid of the hustle and bustle of everyday life and noise and chaos. Allow yourself 15 minutes AT LEAST to get to your sleeping sanctuary and the nap will come. I promise. The minimum time for a nap should be 20 minutes….but even a 5 or 10 minute snooze can give you that second wind we sometimes so desperately need.
Blair said to me one day "You sure like your sleep, don’t you?" HELLS YEAH! I love sleep. LOVE IT!! In fact, I didn’t get enough of it last night and I feel like crapola this morning. Well, actually, we’re into early afternoon now but I still feel crappy. Sleep is good. Sleep is HEALTHY. Imagine how yucky you feel when you don’t get any. And I think Blair is just jealous that he doesn’t get much of it (I am going to treat him to a nap sometime soon). BTW the best way to get awesome, uninterrupted sleep is to turn off anything that jumbles your mind (said TV, computer, radio, etc.) an hour before hitting the sack and relax. I like to read before bed – although sometimes a good book is worse than watching tv (hello Twilight series) because your mind will race and you get very thoughtful – and usually after 30-60 minutes I am ready to turn out the lights and start snoozing and drooling (isn’t that the best when you wake up and the side of your face and your pillow are soaked b/c you’ve drooled all over the place – THAT is a sign of a good sleep!!) and a lot of the time I don’t wake until the alarm goes off….unless of course there’s a 25 lb white beast on me thinking it’s playtime and working his way to scratching my eyes out – damn you, Winston. Other than those few occasions I always wake feeling refreshed.
I hope you all get some lovely sleep…and this weekend (or whenever) indulge your life with a nap. (Cat, I hope you are able to take advantage of Terry being home.)