Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Not Sure About Napping #SOL21

Napping comes highly recommended by my husband, my friends, and my colleagues.  

I came home today and found everyone out for a walk, so I decided to take advantage of the quiet and empty house and give it a whirl.  I had hoped it would refresh me and/or provide me with some ideas for writing. 

Forty minutes later, I woke up to the door closing.  Eventually, I reluctantly pulled myself out of bed, for I was warm, still foggy, and happy where I was beneath the covers.

Unfortunately, no ideas had emerged from my nap, and I was still sleepy.

The sun was still shining and it was fairly warm, so I ventured outside, hoping the fresh air would pick me up and get my brain working.  I was observing my surroundings and looking for something to spark an idea.

Instead, all I could think about was what I would do if it were not a school night - all of which involved more relaxing, not correcting or planning.

So, if it were not a school night, I would:

  • sit outside by a fire with a glass of wine
  • binge-watch this season of Grey's Anatomy
  • hunker down under a blanket and read, but probably fall back asleep
  • work on a puzzle
I know.  I could do these things on a school night, but I was hoping the nap would give me the energy to:
  • go on a walk
  • correct for an hour
  • plan for tutoring
  • clean the kitchen
  • fold the laundry
I am not sure about this napping thing.  While it gave me an idea for a slice, all I want to do now is crawl back into bed.  That is what I call sleeping.

I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers March Slice of Life Challenge.


 


6 comments:

  1. I will say that I have found some naps to be refreshing while others can just leave you feeling lethargic and more tired -- kind of makes me think of how you described yourself here. I'm not sure of the science behind it...maybe it has something to do with the duration of the nap?

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  2. For me it is the time of day that I day. The refreshing naps come earlier in the afternoon. The late afternoon just makes me want to go to bed or I am groggy until about 9:30 then have energy and can't get to sleep when I should. Naps are tricky. But glad you got some needed sleep.

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  3. The only naps I can handle on school afternoons are "caffeine naps"--I have a caffeinated drink and then nap for twenty minutes while the caffeine goes to work. Otherwise...off to a long stint in dreamland.

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  4. Love that last line, such a funny quip - "That is what I call sleeping." My husband is a daily napper; I am not, fearing that foggy brain that you mention. I'm sure the nap was what you needed though, since you slept so deeply!

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  5. Napping for me has to happen earlier in the day. I typically don't get in my bed, because then I would fall completely asleep. I usually lie on the couch. It may be mental, but I think bed vs. couch matters. Sorry that your nap did not render the results you had expected. But, I'm glad you got a Slice out of it.

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  6. I agree, naps are so hit or miss. I like the naps that happen when I drift off for a few minutes during a good book. It's like my imagination has gone on overload and just forces me to sleep. Those little power naps work for me.

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