I need a nap. These days especially I seem to need one but for me it has been a long standing tradition. Unfortunately it is not a habit which some people approve of. One person I know scorns me for napping and sees it as some sort of badge of honour that she doesn’t nap. It proves she is not weak or old.
In my family a nap has been an long time tradition. My Grandfather worked hard and most nights in the winter he had to get up in the middle of the night to stoke the coal fire at home and at his shop which was three blocks away. When he came home at noon for lunch he would eat and then head to his Lazy Boy for a twenty minute nap. He would then miraculously waken and head to the kitchen where he made a milk shake, kissed my grandmother and headed back to the shop.
I began the nap habit when my children were small. I worked at night cleaning offices which meant tucking the kids in and then heading out the door to work until about midnight. I would come home and rest for three hours and then be up again at 5 and go clean some more until 7. Sometimes in the mornings I would take kids with me but most often I would get home in time for them to get ready to school. In the daytime I babysat a small collection of neighbour kids. Believe me, at 1 pm EVERYONE had a nap. It was only an hour and they didn’t even have to sleep but I managed to steal at least half an hour and it kept me going for the next round.
Ever since I have treasured my nap. Not always have I had jobs conducive to the mid day nap but there were lunch hours when I could be found with my office door closed and my self curled up on the floor with a cushion under my head. Other times I would take a short nap when I got home from work and opt for a later supper.
Sunday naps of course are a rule of the church I believe (tongue planted in cheek). I don’t think there are too many of us who attend church who don’t go home, have lunch and then slip off for a quiet Sunday afternoon snooze. It’s just part of the Sabbath practice and a good one in my books.
Recent studies I have read promote the use of the nap and especially the idea of the 20 minute one which my grandfather was a champion of. For me, less than an hour is not enough. Much of that has to do with me taking a good 20 minutes to doze off. My head is so full of stuff that needs to wind down before I can rest. At any rate, naps are proving to be a good thing.
So please, if you don’t want to nap, that is your right but don’t criticize those of us who really need to have that little bit of sleep. Depriving us of our nap could be dangerous for my health and yours. 🙂