PS I took three naps on Sunday accidentally– whoops. Garrett captured one of my more ridiculous naps… where I broke every one of my own rules.
I’ve always been a good napper. Pretty much since birth actually. I was born in Atlanta and my mom always talks about how the entire cul-de-sac would wait in the living room for me to wake up so they could get a glimpse of me… and then I’d wake up, my mom would feed me, and I’d go right back to sleep!
Growing up, my mom and dad would not let me nap… ever. Why? Because I’d sleep for three hours straight. And god help anyone who wakes me up before the three hours is up! Even to this day, when I nap, it’s almost always three hours to the dot if I don’t set an alarm.
I love to nap. On the couch. Over the covers. In the backseat of a car. Under the covers if I’m feeling extra generous to myself. Gosh, I could nap every day (even if I slept 12 hours the night before).
As I’ve grown up, I’ve had to reluctantly adopt some more responsible napping habits. But I still nap. I can work when I’m tired… but I know how I feel if I’m too tired and I’m simply not productive. When this happens, I find a way to carve twenty-five minutes into my schedule to squeeze in a little shut-eye.
My tips for a successful quick nap:
– Get comfortable, but not too comfortable. I sleep on my stomach at night, so if I’m napping, I make sure to stay on my back. It helps me stay in a light sleep.
– Drink a little coffee before sleeping. This is a trick my mom uses and, wouldn’t you know, it works like a charm. (Gosh, she is always right. Seriously.) You’ll wake up “naturally” a lot less groggy about twenty to thirty minutes later because the caffeine gets into your system. I do this a lot when I have a regular headache. Eight ounces of Diet Coke and a twenty-five minute nap, and I’m back in action.
– Lights on, clothes on. I mean… the minute I change into comfortable clothes and turn the lights off, it’s game over.
– Set two alarms. It’s weird because I’m not much of a snoozer in the morning. When my alarm goes off, I’m ready to start the day. But naps? LOL, I could sleep through a tornado. I have a bad habit of turning off the first alarm semi-asleep and not even remembering it going off at all.
– Put phone on airplane mode. Sometimes (aka most of the time) when I’m tired during the day, it’s because my brain is simply tired. From stress or over-stimulation. Disconnecting from email and social media notifications for twenty-five minutes won’t hurt anyone. If my phone is buzzing and lighting up, it’s so much harder for me to fall asleep quickly, which either makes the time away from my desk extra long or the actual nap too short.
– Eat after, not before. Anyone else go into food comas? If I eat something carby before a nap, it’s so much harder for me to wake up. Instead, I wake up from the nap and eat something healthy, like cut up fruit or some kind of nut (currently addicted to pistachios).
Are you a napper? What are your tips/tricks for perfecting the cat nap?