April 17, 2006
The Importance of Napping
In the modern world, we're often compelled to be as productive as possible during as many hours of the day as we can be. While this can lead to great feats of accomplishment, we may become exhausted and find ourselves craving rest and rejuvenation. We may feel like taking a nap but feel guilty about indulging in even ten minutes of rest. This need for personal downtime, which many people experience in the early afternoon, isn't a sign of laziness nor is it necessarily related to how much sleep you had the night before. There was even a time when taking a nap was considered a natural part of everyone's day.
Napping is a pleasurable yet brief period of sleep when our minds and bodies can take a break. Though judged by many to be a pastime for children or the elderly, napping can benefit people of all ages. The desire to nap is a trait shared by many mammals, and napping is still an important part of the day in some countries. Snoozing for a half-hour can be an enjoyable way to promote physical well-being, and naps have been known to improve your mood and memory. A 20-minute nap can sharpen your senses and revitalize you, while a ten minute nap can leave you feeling more cheerful. Falling into a light sleep during the daytime can feel meditative. The thoughts you have as you are taking a nap and the dreams you experience may offer you insights about your life that you may not have at night when you are in a deep sleep.
In order to fully enjoy the benefits of napping, you may need to give yourself permission to nap. Feeling guilty about snoozing or worrying about your to-do list won't do you much good when you are trying to take a nap because your thoughts or feelings will keep you awake. Try to nap at the same time each day, and use an alarm clock to ensure that you don't sleep for too long. If you go to an office, try crawl under your desk for a nap. Learning to nap and enjoy its restorative benefits can help you wake up restored, rejuvenated, and ready for the rest of your day.
I am thinking about going to bed shortly and got this email. It seems to speak to me since I am so tired and have been up for 27 hours so far.
I plan on sleeping until 1 and getting some packages mailed and maybe hit the gym. I worked on the surgical floor last night. It was a good night, busy enough I stayed awake. My patients were complient which makes the night easier. None of them were trying to crawl out of bed and hit the floor or calling 911 and complaining about being held agains't their will. A good night. I didn't even get an admit which is really unusal. Since I am on the code team, when they called the code to another floor 2 flights up I hadn't even started up the stairs when they canceled it. Usually I am just staggering out of the stairwell when they cancel it and feel like they will need to code me next. I was also terrible and ate quite a few chocolate candy eggs. Sigh. I need to hit the gym.
Well it is cool and cloudy and I am exhausted so night all.