Naps

My attitude has changed over my lifetime about naps. As a toddler, I am sure I fought naps like everyone else but needed them nevertheless. As an adult, there are seasons I welcome the mid-morning or afternoon siesta.

I started to adult nap when I started running back in 2010. I went from zero running to a Boston qualifying marathon in 11 months. I needed the extra sleep! I would go to a race on the weekends, and then nap afterward on the weekends.

I used to think naps were a luxury or a symbol of laziness, but I don’t feel the same now. I welcome the nap!

I typed NAP in Google and this popped up:

A short nap is usually recommended (20-30 minutes) for short-term alertness. This type of nap provides significant benefit for improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep. Your sleep environment can greatly impact your ability to fall asleep.

My sleep cycle has changed in recent years. It is typical for me to sleep for 4 to 5 hours, be awake for 1 to 2 hours and then take a nap in the afternoon. This doesn’t always work with my teaching schedule. I sometimes “catch up” on sleep on the weekend which I realize is a controversial idea anyway. There are some camps that do not believe you can “catch up” on sleep really.

I do find the 4-hour sleep cycle is better for my body and energy level. The nights I do sleep straight thru I often wake up groggy. A standard time for me to be up is 3:30 am. Which was also the time I would wake up when pregnant with my son who is 14 now!!!! I didn’t realize there were documented types of sleep cycles until 2 years ago when mine seemed to change. There is even research about how the 4 to 5-hour cycle can be beneficial to your health.

The word to inspire this post came from www.teachwrite.org. Check out the website!

#dwhabit

#teachwrite

Do you take naps?

Here is a link to more information about sleep cycles:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17243/4-sleep-patterns-you-probably-didnt-know-about-infographic.html

 

4 thoughts on “Naps

  1. Over the past few years – and more so in recent months – naps have become essential! For a long time, I felt guilty and lazy about my hour-long afternoon siesta. I’ve since gotten over it and am grateful that my schedule allows me to take the time I need for myself so I feel recharged and ready to tackle afternoon/evening activities. I don’t get up as early as you but I’m up by 4:40 every weekday morning and at the gym by 6. While I’m no longer running and training for marathons, we have that in common! Similarly, in 2013, I started running marathons and training to get a BQ. It took me 13 months. I ended up running 9 marathons before getting a DNS last year while preparing for the LA Marathon due to an overuse injury and burnout. I switched things up after that and have been doing Crossfit for almost 8 months.

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    • Congrats on all the marathons and the training that went with them!
      I still run but not as intensely. I balance the gym with the running and some yoga thrown in. I have spurts where I teach yoga but haven’t now for almost 2 years. I like the variety. I do like how my body responds to running but I don’t want to commit the time to it anymore.

      We are in the NAP fan club! I like it!
      Thanks for sharing!

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