When my children were babies, they both had the same routine concerning naps. Each one went back to sleep for about an hour nap in the morning and in the afternoon. This kept them from being cranky, as well as Mama, and everyone had a full night’s sleep when we went to bed that night. My children both still love a good nap, a gene they inherited from their father. I, on the other hand, occasionally take a nap, but prefer not to because my body gets confused and can’t take the pressure of deciding when to go back to sleep. I have discovered, though, that there are several types of naps. I would like to explore the benefits of each here.
The “Traditional Nap”
I have a friend who takes a nap every Sunday afternoon. Her routine is to attend church services, eat lunch, and then she sleeps for about an hour. She rarely mentions taking a nap any other day of the week, only on Sunday. I told her she should just learn to sleep with her eyes open during church like most people, but she’s one of those rare people who actually listens to the sermon, something the pastor needs to take to heart a little more.
The “Just Let Me Close My Eyes for just a Minute Nap”
These are those times when you’re at your desk working, and you think if I could just close my eyes for two minutes. You’re trying to work and the words on the computer screen or paper might as well be singing you a lullaby. This happened to me one day while I was working, and I leaned back and closed my eyes to “rest” them for a minute, waking up 45 minutes later. When I told the hubby about my unexpected nap, he said he had seen me. I said, “I can’t believe you didn’t check on me. I might have had a heart attack or something.” His reply was that either way we both could use the rest.
The “Don’t Change The Channel, I’m Watching That Nap”
This is that time when the hubby is watching a football game on Saturday or Sunday afternoon while sleeping on the couch. When I come into the room, I pick up the remote and change the TV, which immediately sets off his mental alarm clock, and he rouses to attention and hollers, “What do you think you’re doing? Can’t you see I’m watching that?” Apparently, he is much more talented than I thought when I married him. He can see through his eyelids.
The “I Never See The End Of A Movie Nap”
Then there’s the person you sit down to watch a movie with, be it a one-hour or three-hour movie, and inevitably, they’re going to fall asleep. Not only do you have to listen to their snoring so loudly you can barely hear what the actors are saying, but they’ll wake two minutes after it’s over and expect you to explain what happened in the last 30 minutes of the movie. I always make something crazy up just so they’ll never really know how it ended.
The “Have I Been Asleep While Driving Nap?”
Of all the naps a person can take, though, this little sleep time is the most interesting. This is where you are driving down the road for miles, and although you know you must have been paying attention to the road because you’ve safely gotten to this point, you suddenly realize you don’t remember driving for the last ten or fifteen minutes. This usually happens in an area that you drive regularly, and so you quickly start looking for familiar reference points to not alarm the other passengers. Of course, if you make the mistake I did one time of suddenly shouting, “Where are we?”, it’s harder to convince them they’re not going to die in a fiery crash.
It seems like there was one more I was going to add, but I think I’ll rest my eyes for just a couple of minutes before I finish this …..