As of late, I’ve had my sleep disrupted from false (arg!) fire alarms in my building.
It has thrown off my schedule for sleeping, waking me up at odd hours, making me trudge down 20+ flights of stairs and having to wake up for 6 a.m. the next morning has not helped me any.
Just the other day, I tweeted that I was thinking of either taking a quick power nap (30 minutes or less) or going for a walk.
Not a single person (granted, it was 4 people) suggested I take the power nap!
(To be fair, once I posted about people hating on the nap idea, I had many supporters pop up and offer to power nap to give me support *laugh*)
Aside from it all being very funny, I started thinking: Why would someone, when told there are two options to either take a power nap or to go out for a short walk, choose the walk over the nap?
I daresay that both are quite refreshing (although having to go out for a walk means I’d actually have to wear pants), but for some reason, we may associate sleeping and napping with being lazy or unproductive.
But in essence, napping and sleeping helps recharge your batteries.
Sleep lets your body heal, recharge, relax and give you a break so you have the energy to handle the rest of the day or the night.
You can’t really “catch up” on sleep by sleeping extra on the weekends, but a nap is a good way to keep you going until you can get your schedule back.
I should mention that I dislike the saying: We have plenty of time to sleep when we’re dead.
It sounds like a load of crock to me, even half-jokingly, because your life is not meant to be filled with activities 24/7 without giving you a break or a rest.
You aren’t a robot, and while some people might enjoy the idea of being a workaholic, it just isn’t good for you.
I ended up taking that nap by the way.
I got sidetracked by some work, and the futon was just too soft to get up from and put pants on to go out.
(Me in cat form after the tweet)