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Napping Problem

So, everyone like naps, right? Sleep is awesome.┬áNaps are great. Sleeping at a time other than the conventional, acceptable “overnight” period of time is like a delicious indulgence. Especially if you’ve run a marathon, or if you are tired from sitting in front of a computer all day, or if you’re not the greatest sleeper, like I am. Naps are like the all-around champion winner at being awesome.

Except, I don’t like to nap. Or rather, I’m not very good at it. I have occasional days where I’m super tired. For whatever reason. Usually not from running a marathon. More often, it’s because I don’t get great sleep at night. I have days where it would be super awesome to take a nap. But it just doesn’t work out. I usually can’t fall asleep in the middle of the day, no matter how tired I may be.

It’s not from lack of trying. I try to nap. I lie down and I get comfortable and I close my eyes. And sometimes I drift off. But it’s always that just-barely-asleep sort of snoozing that, to me, kind of feels like a waste of time. It’s not deep enough sleep to keep from waking myself up with my own snoring. I did not just admit that on the internet.

I also have a industrious, nagging squirrel in my brain that flitters about and asks me if there isn’t something better that I could be doing than napping in the middle of the day. “Don’t you have a zillion things to do? Isn’t it light out? Couldn’t you be watering plants, or cleaning out your email inbox, or clipping your toenails?” I would like to shoot the industrious squirrel with a bb gun, but most often, I agree with it.

Further, I can’t really nap at the same time as Dave. Dave is good at napping. In the middle of the day he’s able to drop off into a sound sleep. And if we are napping together, I feel his breathing slow down and his feet start twitching and I know that he zonked off. He always falls asleep before I do. And then I get totally resentful. I lay in bed, awake, and get irritable that it’s so easy for some people to fall asleep. It’s like their squirrels are lazier than mine. Jerks.

The best sleep I ever have is after a good, productive day of getting a lot of shit done. Even if I didn’t get every last thing in the world done, I can sleep the sleep of the righteous, knowing that what ever I accomplished is enough to overrule whatever I didn’t get done. I can tell my squirrelly brain to fuck off.

For that day anyway.

Comments

  1. I have a hard time napping. I need a good 3 hour window to even hope for a nap. It takes me a while to nod off, then I feel terrible when I wake up. I’ve watched Gary nod off and wake back up with in a minute before.

  2. i taught myself to nap. i LOVE a good nap, it is a sunday ritual. and nap in a sunbeam… divine. back when i worked 12 hour days at the spa, if i had 15 minutes to take a nap, i totally did. it took a couple of weeks, and it does help if you are tired. you might try doing it right after lunch, your body will be slightly sluggish from digesting, and you might be able to fall asleep then. you also might try headphones with some kind of music that you find relaxing. block the other stuff out with the headphones, or earplugs.
    i love a nap. i want one right now.

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