I don’t take a nap every day, but I’m not opposed to a good afternoon snooze. It’s one of the benefits of early retirement.
After pulling out 7 shrubs, playing a softball doubleheader, losing a close tennis match, getting the Jeep in for an oil change, and going to 3 board committee meetings at our metro zoo – in just 24 hours – I deserved one yesterday!
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My wife & our pupper, Riley, joined me for a snooze. I closed my eyes at 3pm without setting the alarm clock at all. That’s the perfect nap: to lay down and know you can sleep as long – or short – as you wish. No limits either way.
I guess this approach is the opposite of the scheduled ‘power nap’ popularized in the 1990s. I can snooze 30 minutes or 90 minutes with nothing to hurry off to. Today I woke up after about 40 minutes. That was perfect.
Waking up naturally whenever it happens seems so much more restful than an alarm telling me when to get up. Maybe it has to do with sleep cycles as you move from deep to light sleep. Whatever it is, for me it’s the ‘Perfect Nap’.
Do you take a nap in the afternoon? How often in the course of a typical week?
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