Yes I DO take naps…thank you ;-)
I take a nap every day.
Usually between 2 and 4 and for about 25 minutes.
There, I said it…and I am proud of it.
Why bother telling you?
Because for about three years, I was struggling every afternoon after lunch with what I believed to be some form of anxiety or depression symptoms.
No matter what I did that morning, my sleep the night before, or what I ate for breakfast, I started to feel “different” right after lunch.
Not sad, not angry, not nervous exactly. Just “cranky.” Like something was bothering me but I could not put my finger on it.
Fortunately, I am a big believer in A/B testing what works to optimize my daily systems, so I started keeping notes every day of my sleep patterns, diet, exercise and more.
About six months after I started tracking there was an “aha” moment.
My youngest son was still in his napping phase at that time, and sometimes I would just curl up next to him after lunch.
Guess which days I had no symptoms?
It is not surprising in hindsight that many of us need a mid-day nap to perform correctly and reset the synapses in our brain (the same ones that control mood!)
Historically humans have been bi-phasic with a dual pattern of sleep and awake during a typical 24 hour period. It is only in modern times that we have adopted a single cycle of wake and sleep
For many historical figures, like Winston Churchill, naps were a public key to their stamina and success.
So, if you try to reach me any afternoon around 2 pm and you get my voice mail, don’t take it personally, I’m only sleeping.
I hope you will be as well!