To nap, or not to nap

To nap, or not to nap - Shakespeare

That is the question

Brance was working from home yesterday because of the blizzard, so I got to do something I don’t usually do. I took a nap! I can’t even tell you how amazing it felt. I haven’t been getting enough sleep (for me) in the past week or so and I came off caffeine because of some health-related issues it has been causing me. I have been kind of dragging the last couple of days without my mid-afternoon cup of tea or dark, DARK chocolate (oh how I miss you both!!!).

After I woke up feeling like a new person from my afternoon nap, I was curious to know if it was HEALTHY to take naps. I vaguely remembered reading a news article that linked napping to a higher mortality rate. If that is true of all napping, napping isn’t something I want to work into my regular schedule (not that it really is an option for me right now anyway :). Still, I wanted to know.

As I did a bit of research, here are some of the things I discovered about napping

Millions of people all over the globe take naps during the day and it’s not just babies, toddlers, and the elderly. People of all age groups, of all times, have seen an advantage to indulging in an afternoon siesta. Including many famous historical figures like: Thomas Edison, Leonardo DaVinci, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan!

To nap

Studies now find that those people may be on to something. There actually are benefits that come from taking a nap that lasts less than thirty minutes.

Some of the perks from taking a catnap (10-30 minutes) include…

Not to nap

But before you pack your sleep mask and earplugs in your briefcase, for an afternoon snooze at work or at the park, I should warn you that the news article I mentioned remembering earlier, actually did exist.

Research shows that being in a habit of taking long naps could increase morbidity and mortality, especially among the elderly. Whether or not there is a cause and effect relationship, we have yet to discover. Although, researchers believe there is the possibility that people who feel the need to take frequent, long naps have underlying health issues.

I think I’ll keep napping

Well, I don’t actually have the luxury of taking daily naps. But, based on how I felt yesterday afternoon, pretty darn amazing, and the proven benefits of taking short naps, I am certainly not opposed to working one in when I can. For now, it looks like my napping will take place on weekends or during blizzards!

Let’s talk about napping! Do you take naps? I know a couple of people who swear by their daily naps. I used to take more naps before having kids :).

4 thoughts on “To nap, or not to nap

  1. Hi! I found your blog from ABAL…I loved this article about napping! I love to squeeze in a few naps a week when my kiddos are snoozing…it definatly makes me a happier mom!

  2. Hi Emily! I know what you mean about naps making a big difference! Mothering is a gift that leaves us feeling tired at times. It is great that you can work them in when your little ones are resting!

    I loved your comment on ABAL! I felt like I could relate, especially learning to be content with just two kiddos :). Life doesn’t always go as planned, but there are so many things to be thankful for!

  3. Sometimes I ask Delaney if I can take a nap with her and 9 times out of 10 she says no. But lately she’s been saying yes. So I’ve taken a couple naps with her over the last couple weeks. When I first laid down I felt bad and thought about all the stuff I could be getting done or the alone time I could be having. But the I thought, God has given me a gift to stay home with my kids. Is that because He wants me to clean all day? Or because he wants me to take advantage of BEING WITH MY KIDS? So I slept. 🙂

  4. I love that Dawn!!! So true, a big part of the job God has given us is just to be with our kids. Not to mention, Jesus was into naps! Cleaning will never be completely done. I am a recovering perfectionist, so this is something I have to remind myself of regularly too.

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