Not a fan of naps
My stance on naps may seem a tad controversial, but I’m not really a fan. I much prefer to get a decent night’s sleep and feel awake and alert all day, ready for sleep again at bedtime. That is right and natural and it can happen if you manage to get enough sleep at night.
I harbour sneaky suspicions than most nappers are just not getting enough sleep at night.
But sometimes this happens despite your best efforts. Or you feel a bit ill. Or you’ve been overdoing things.
Now sometimes I have managed an acceptable nap. OK so it’s annoying to lose a bit of awake time, but if I needed it then so be it. I wouldn’t mind so much if it left me refreshed and feeling better, which is after all the purported purpose of said activity!
But I seem to wake from naps groggy. Today is a case in point. I suddenly felt tired after my small lunch of apple juice and cheese (I know, I have issues with lunch!) Not just a bit tired, but the kind where you just think ‘oh, I’ll just lie back and rest my eyes for a moment’ and the next think you know something half woke you up and you crack an eye open and realise you just totally lost half an hour and what’s more you feel like an empty sack. You shut your eye and hope it will go away (the feeling, not the eye! ewww!) but you can neither fall back to sleep nor fully wake up.
It was fully 40 minutes before I felt my brain had managed to achieve any kind of focus. And I felt fuzzy and a bit queasy for the rest of the day (still do and it’s now nearly bed time). I hope I get a good eight or nine undisturbed hours tonight and wake up
fresh and energised not feeling too bad.
I’d probably have felt just as bad or possibly worse without the nap, so maybe it’s a trifle unfair to blame naps. (Mmmm, trifle…) But I prefer days when I don’t need them!
Are you a nap fan? Do you nap or not? Do you call a small sleep in the middle of the day a nap or something else?