The Afternoon Nap

July 14, 2014

When I was a child visiting my grandparents for the summer, my grandmother often insisted that I take an afternoon nap. I detested this practice because I didn’t need a nap: I was far too busy running through the cow pasture or swimming in the irrigation ditch or lying under a tree reading to take a nap. Plus I was far to old to be taking naps! What was wrong with her?! (I realize now she likely needed a break from me and the nap was her tactful way of corralling me for at least an hour. And yes, much to my chagrin, I often fell asleep while lying on my bed, staring at the ceiling.)

Naps are wasted on the young. I don’t know about you, but there are many days I’d love to have the simple pleasure of an afternoon nap! Occasionally, I do take one, but I live with pets who have no compunction about sleeping whenever and wherever they want to. Need proof?

Perhaps we should follow their example and indulge ourselves in an afternoon nap now and then this summer!

How do you feel about naps?

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  1. Dear Kathy - I so relate to this post...always afternoon naps were required - like you I just wanted to go outdoors and play. Now I would love a siesta but sad to say there isn't time (LOL)! Yes my pets find time though and lots of it. Have a lovely week.

  2. Cute pics. I wish I could nap, I really do. But I just can't seem to fall asleep during the day, no matter how tired I am. I have enough trouble sleeping at night!

  3. Debbie--I'd love an afternoon nap now and then, but I rarely have time for one, either. You have a great week, too.

  4. Cheryl--Guess you don't need that afternoon nap, Cheryl! It is frustrating not to be able to sleep when you want to, though, especially at night. Every once in a while I have trouble sleeping at night, and I feel terrible the next day.

  5. I know some one who is a strict follower of the afternoon nap. one half hour a day, he believes it's required for health. I've noticed that after being out there in social situations or active mentally, I need "quiet time" & sometimes that turns into a nap. It's like summer camp when you had queit time to write letters & read on your cot. Nice post, Kathy. Wishing you restfull sleep...

  6. Thanks, Rita. I'm the same way--when I come home from public interactions, I need some quiet time to recharge. I don't often take a nap, but I do usually take at least 15 minutes to sit quietly in my office, doing nothing.