Do you guys remember naptime? As a kindergartner, I hated it. I remember being very annoyed in my after school program whenever Ms. Sandy made us lay down for what was probably only 15 minutes. And I don’t think I ever actually fell asleep. Part of the problem was that we couldn’t remove our shoes because it would make the fire alarm go off (weird, right? guess our sensors were really sensitive), but mostly it was because I was young and full of energy and I couldn’t stop moving. Oh how things have changed.
I wish I still had a built-in nap time. Do you know how much more productive I would be? As it is now, I have to squeeze out a little time in the day to recharge. And you bet I do. I wasn’t always a nap-taker. In fact, this is a relatively new practice for me to take on consistently.
My main problem with naps in the past has been the fact that they keep me awake later in the night. If I can’t get 8 hours at night I am unbearable the next day. Or at least that’s what I used to think. Then I realized that I’m kind of unbearable in the morning either way. Might as well catch sleep when I need it.
That all reads like nonsense because I just woke up from a nap. So good. A lot of people talk about “power naps.” Power naps are bulllshit. If you’re just going to sleep for 20 minutes, don’t even bother. Get over yourself you hipster. Take a real nap.
When I take a nap I sleep as long as I need to. Luckily – for my body – that usually means between 60 to 90 minutes. A “nap” is a fine line. Too short and you’re an asshole. Too long and you’re just stupid. If your nap is 3-6 hours long, that’s just called sleeping. There’s nothing wrong with that, but let’s be honest with ourselves.
The best part about my naps is that it has allowed me to stay up later and do fun stuff. Like watch more movies. Or go to improv shows. Okay, maybe that’s not super fun, but I’m new to the weeknight nocturnal thing. I’ll figure it out. Now – who wants to eat some cereal? Classic late night move.