Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Lessons on Napping is Necessary

When my oldest son was born in 1971 I decided that napping was necessary. Not only for him but for me as well. I have been an ace napper ever since. Now that I am in retirement I still am a very firm believer of naps.





The National Sleep Foundation states that Americans are among some of those most sleep deprived. They go on to state that while naps will not replace lost sleep they will help improve moods, alertness, and performance. Some of the famous who believed in regular scheduled naps are Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Albert Einstein, Napoleon an Thomas Edison. See! I'm in good company.

Did you know there are actually 3 kinds of naps?

  • Planned naps. This is taking a nap before you actually get tired.You know you are going to stay up late so you catch a few zzzzzz's ahead of time.  

  •   Emergency napping. You are suddenly so tired that you cannot continue, you need a nap. I've been known to pull over when I am driving and take a power nap!

  • Habitual napping...now this is my kind of napping. Lunch is over! It's nap time. Today, tomorrow, and everyday you get a chance.

Due to my many years of working the "graveyard shift" I did a lot of napping,
instead of sleeping. Now I just nap because I can.

Do you take naps?

Wouldn't you agree they should be a part of all of our lives?

30 comments:

  1. As I got older, I realized how wonderful naps were and then I wondered why little ones fight them so much. Imagine being told to go and take a nap once of twice a day :)

    I don't nap as much as I used to before we moved. Sunday afternoons I would take a 2 hour nap usually; the only time I would nap. It is refreshing to wake up after power naps, I've done that before, its amazing how a few short minutes can really refresh.

    (I think its ridiculous newspapers charge so much for obituaries. I know hubby's parents' obits were quite costly. It should almost be a free service, especially for a subscriber).

    betty

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    1. I especially love Sunday afternoon naps. Our minister calls them Nazarene Naps! What upset me so much with the newspaper was that Richard had worked for them after his retirement. They often called him out in the middle of the night and on weekends to deal with people who had gotten their papers. And the thanks he got for this was a highly overpriced obit in the paper.

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  2. Oh yeah! The last few years I've taken to curling up on the love seat when I get home (usually 4:30p) and I'll drop right off. Umm, that makes me a habitual napper, right?

    Without fail, every time DH and I eat a late breakfast/lunch on the weekends it isn't long before one or both of us are dozing off ... and there goes the schedule, kaput! Some of my best sleeping has been done on couches!

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    1. I am a habitual napper too Myra. And I also sleep in late in the mornings. I'm not sure what that makes me......lazy maybe?

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  3. Hi Paula - I have to say I hate naps - because once I'm asleep I do not want to get up again .. and even after my op I only napped for the first week, perhaps 10 days .. I went to bed early granted. Now I just don't .. my day goes on ... but food does send me to towards zonk out time! But other swear by naps .. and I'm pleased your'e able to now ... cheers enjoy that nap later on! Hilary

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    1. I understand not wanting to get up. But I love my naps!

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  4. I only napped when I was pregnant with my second daughter. I was exhausted every single day. I lived for lunch, after which I tied my two year old's romper strap to my wrist and put us down. I only woke up when she started over the edge of the bed.

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    1. Now that is a delightful way to keep a two year old under control

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  5. I do like to take naps when it's convenient. I agree naps are a necessity for being more productive and a real mood lifter. Even if you can't nap, but rest your eyes for 10-15 minutes can make a drastic improvement in how well you feel. I say more power to napping!

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    1. I that 'rest my eyes' thing sometimes in the evening when watching TV

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  6. I take naps every once in a while when my sleep was disrupted or if I have a late evening planned.

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  7. I do take naps now when my son takes his. Sometimes he takes 3 naps a day but i usually just take one nap with him then do other little things on the other ones. I used to take naps after i got off work too. Great post.

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    1. 3 naps a day! Now there is a plan!! LOL

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  8. It’s officially the second half of A to Z. Time to catch that second wind, rest up on Sunday, then it’s that mad dash toward the finish line!

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Cohost
    N is for Numerology

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    1. I had my first half pre-written so I best get busy and get the rest of the writing done

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  9. I'm a firm believer in taking a nap. Just a few minutes can make a long afternoon much more bearable.

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  10. It's hard from me to nap even though I'm sleepy because I wake up more tired than before. However, I'm all for "resting". I read your "About Me" and if you are raising two grandkids, I'm impressed that you actually find time for a nap.
    Visiting from A-Z Challenge.

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    1. Yes, but those grandchildren are now 15 and 17 and at school all day. Makes napping easy!

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  11. I so wish I could get into napping. When I do, I wake up feeling sick and more tired than before I had the nap. And then I can't sleep at night! Grrrr! I have tried to take short naps, but it all seems to feel the same in the end. Maybe the secret is in making it a habit.

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    1. Maybe you are just getting enough night time sleep!

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  12. I am working full time and with chronic pain and the Epstein Barr Virus, it can be challenging. Today I literally fell asleep in mid writing. That is not good. When I can, I try to take a nap but it doesn't happen often but I do believe in it

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    1. I used to work full time as well. But it was the night shift. So I felt that all of my sleeping was nothing but a nap!

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  13. I love naps. Just took one the other day. Got home from work and fell asleep for two hours. Felt so much better after.

    Liz A. from Laws of Gravity

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  14. I used to not be able to nap, it would screw me for going to bed that night. A nap would equal being awake at bedtime. Then I worked 3rd shift for 3 years. Now I can take a 2 hour nap and go to bed at my normal time. I'd like to say 3rd shift changed me, truth is, I'm getting old and need my naps.

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    1. Working 25 years on 3rd shift is what taught me to nap!

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  15. I'm not a good sleeper. I feel like that every night that I go to bed I'm basically taking a little nap. I never plan on taking an afternoon nap because then I wake up feeling worse.
    If I take a nap, I'm not feeling well for sure.

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    1. That is how it was for me for all the years that I worked the night shift. I just napped. Today I forced myself not to nap so that I could sleep well tonight! I hope it works

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