Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Psalm 127:2a
For so He gves His beloved sleep.

Sleep is beautiful; it is refreshing; it is delightful;
it is a gift from God; it is sadly lacking in my life.

Sometimes I think that from the moment one has one's
first child until one's last child is moved out of the house
there is never a night when one gets enough sleep.
To do a good job of raising kids is exhausting. You know
you are sleep deprived when you fall asleep while
reading out loud to the kids.

It is right next door to impossible to stay in bed for an
actual 8 hours a night, but I have a solution that works
for me in overcoming my sleepiness during the day.

Power Naps

As soon as possible after lunch as I can, I start a pot of
coffee, then I take my timer, set it for 20 minutes and lay
me down on my bed. I always fall asleep sometime during
that 20 minutes. Sometimes I doze and wake 10 times...
sometimes I sleep the whole 20 minutes. It matters not.
After that time I drink my coffee and the face the rest of
the day refreshed and awake.

I've done this driving, well, okay, not while I am actually
driving, but I pull over, park, doze for a few minutes and
am very awake afterwards. I have heard of people who do
this during their lunch breaks at work and it works for
them too.

Happy napping! When you wake up, go check out Shannon
at Rocks in My Dryer for more good tips!


Carol said...

I do love me a good nap! I find if I nap longer than 20 or 30 minutes, I feel draggy the rest of the day. Power naps work for me, too!

Mama Duck said...

Now to get the little one to nap.... What a wonderful idea! Have a great Wednesday - our WFMW tip is up as well!

Jennifer said...

I have also heard that a nap should either be 20 minutes or less or you feel draggy. I know it works for me. I really like the idea of setting the timer (and waking up to fresh coffee). With school starting for dd, and little guy napping, this would probably be a wise thing for me to start. Thanks Laurie!

PastorMac's Ann said...

My 82 year old dad (who is still working) takes a nap after lunch everyday. He's been doing it for 50 years.

Great idea!

e-Mom said...

Excellent thoughts, as usual! I love a power nap. I can fall asleep just about anywhere, and I always wake up refreshed.