Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hey! There’s a Nap for That





In the run up to Christmas this year, I find more than the usual number of things going on. Maybe because this is the first time we’ve had a book release in December and The Sayers Swindle is keeping us busy.  Plus all my friends and groups are having Christmas parties. Then there’s the seasonal buying, wrapping, baking and obsessing, but also a book to finish. 

All to say, this is why I seem to be among the walking dead today. I was up way too late last night and early this morning.  Now I have circles under the circles that are under those red things that used to be my eyes (and not some weird Christmas decoration).  

We all know that sleep deprivation has been linked to heart attacks, stroke, depression, weight gain, accidents, muddled thinking and wrinkles.  

But I’m not worried because there’s a nap for that. The first time I lurch into a wall, I know it’s time to face the music, or more accurately, the pillow. 

Although babies seem to have a natural knack for it, napping is a skilled activity. It can be passed from generation to generation. I learned from my father, one of the world’s greatest nappers. Luckily, I didn’t learn to snore from him at the same time.

 

The anti-nap bias runs strong in our go-go culture, but naps are a way of perking yourself up quickly to go flat out once you are awake.  The secret: twenty minutes or less.  Some people call them power naps.  I think just plain nap is cozier and more soothing.  

I wake up recharged and energetic.  I used to set a timer or an alarm, but now my eyes just pop open at 19 ½ minutes.

Lots of people can’t nap. It ruins their night’s sleep. My sympathy if this is your story. But if you can nap, celebrate it!  The price is right and the benefits are many. 

And as you can see, I have some very effective role models in the family. Lily is a pro.


But Daisy gives her some competition.













How about you? To nap or not to nap, that is the question. Let me know in about twenty minutes.