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Back in June of 2013, I wrote a very short Simple Pleasure post on napping and thought I’d expand on that one a bit. In fact, as I type this post out I have just recently awoken from a lovely nap and after an enjoyable cup of tea, I must say that I am indeed quite grateful that I have the luxury of taking naps whenever I feel the need to recharge.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, I am a habitual napper. This means that I usually take a nap at roughly the same time every day. For me, that’s around 2:30 in the afternoon or so. And while I don’t do this religiously, I do nap at least most days for an hour or so. I like to put on some Jazz or a concert DVD, hit the couch – I never nap on my bed – and just close my eyes until I drift off. I’m usually good about napping for an hour and when I awake, after a few minutes of the fuzzies, I find that I am more alert and ready to take on the rest of the afternoon!
Of course, the fact that I am self-employed and able to nap when I feel the need is a luxury many cannot relate to. Those who work a typical North American nine-to-five job, as an example, need to stay awake throughout the day, no matter how tired they are or how poor their overall work performance!
I remember when I was in my twenties and working various nine-to-five jobs, I used to go to the bathroom after lunch, pick the farthest stall from the door, rest my head in my hands and cat-nap. Thankfully, I would always nap for twenty minutes, sometimes less, but surprisingly never more, given how tired I was. I would then head back into the office as if I had been busy doing a work related errand. The problem with that was that I would end up having a red forehead from where my head was resting in my hands. I had never noticed it until one day, a co-worker called me on it! As much as I tried denying it, the proof was literally imprinted on my forehead for all to see. I guess I wasn’t fooling anyone Fortunately, I do not have to worry about that anymore as I can nap whenever and – relatively speaking – wherever I want to.
All that to say, napping has been a big part of my life and I so do enjoy it. Which is why I was surprised to read on the National Sleep Foundation’s website that there are societal stigmas associated with napping. Apparently, some folk think that those who nap exhibit the following negative traits:
- Napping indicates laziness,
- Napping indicates a lack of ambition and low standards.
- Napping is only for children, the sick and the elderly.
Now I don’t know what segment of the population considers napping to be less than a positive thing but let me quickly address the above concerns.
Napping indicates laziness: I would whole-heartedly disagree. In fact – and I can only speak for myself here – once I have had my nap, I am way more productive and ready to handle pretty much anything that is thrown at me.
Napping indicates a lack of ambition and low standards: Seriously!!?? Gimme a break! Once again, I point those who feel this way to the above response. Napping allows one to be MORE productive and alert! So in my mind at least, if you nap, it’s because you ARE ambitious and want to do well at work so you can be a more productive member of the team!
Napping is only for children, the sick and the elderly: Ok…and?! Is that a bad thing? I got news for you pal, napping is for everyone who feels the need to do so, regardless of age, gender or whatever other statistical variables you wanna throw in.
The only time that napping should be seen as being a negative issue – IMHO – is when you have to nap during the day because of sleep issues you are having during the night – such as suffering from sleep apnea - or if your day-time napping interferes with your natural sleep cycles.
If you’re still on the fence about napping, check out the associated health benefits as observed by the reputable Mayo Clinic:
- Napping offers various benefits for healthy adults, including:
- Reduced fatigue
- Increased alertness
- Improved mood
- Improved performance, including quicker reaction time, better memory, less confusion, and fewer accidents and mistakes
So…who are you going to side with? The esteemed Mayo Clinic, or the naysayers? Personally, I’ll take the Mayo Clinic thank you very much
Are you a napper?
Do you subscribe to the societal stigmas mentioned above (no judging if you do. We all have our own opinions!)?
I’d like to hear your thoughts on this topic so please continue the conversation down below in the comments section. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated
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