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Connoisseur of Naps

By Susan Carlisle

I’m a connoisseur of a number of things. James Bond movies, hats, castles, romance novels, chick flicks, Afternoon tea, reading on the beach at sunset, Rolls Royces, good looking men, boats, Auburn football and naps.

Yes, you read that correctly. Naps. I’m a big fan of a nap. I believe in it. There is no better sleep than that gotten at two o’clock in the afternoon. During the past year, I’ve not substitute taught as much as usual and I’ve had more changes for afternoon nap.

While my children were still small enough to take afternoon naps I did also. As they grew, I still continued to have them take afternoon “down time.” They didn’t like me calling it a nap when they reached elementary school age. I would read to them and then we would all go down for a nap. When the youngest was smaller, he had to make hospitals visits that required us to leave at 5:45 in the morning. We often didn’t make it home until late in the afternoon. He would crawl into bed and curl up next to me to take a nap. We still do take a nap after our visits but at twenty three he chooses the couch and I, my bed.

Naps are my way of renewing myself to prepare for the evening. I’m a much happier and kinder wife to my husband after I’ve had a nap. A friend of mine once told me that he knew his wife was sick because she took a nap. My husband would know I was sick if I didn’t take a nap!

Other countries do it right went it comes to naps. They call it a siesta only because it sounds more sophisticated than a nap but it’s the same thing. A siesta is serious business and not taken lightly. Years ago my children and I were in Brindisi, Italy. We were waiting on the afternoon train to Rome so we had to hang around town most of the day. There is a beautiful fountain in the middle of the main street of Brindisi. As we walked by it my daughter commented, “I bet they turn that off during siesta.” Most of the stores closed during siesta and we had no place to nap so we window shopped. We went by fountain again and sure enough it was running. Later after the siesta, the fountain was flowing at full force. We had a good laugh. Even a fountain needs a nap.

Do you like a nap? Are you a connoisseur of something? Do tell.

Pam Asberry - June 11, 2012 - 12:37 am

My favorite time to sleep is about two o’clock in the afternoon in a lawn chair at the beach. Ahh…

Scarlet Pumpernickel - June 11, 2012 - 12:54 am

My grandmother used to have a nap in the afternoon, she would stretch out on her settee with a small pillow under her head and nap for an hour or so. Her settee is in my sunroom, guess what I use it for!

Susan Carlisle - June 11, 2012 - 7:41 am

Pam,
That sounds wonderful also. My favorite is out on the porch when it is raining. O, so good.

Susan Carlisle - June 11, 2012 - 7:43 am

Scarlet,
Many wonderful things are handed down from generation to generation to generation!

Sia Huff - June 11, 2012 - 10:11 am

I love naps. Susan. Mine started after my newborn came home after open heart surgery and needed to be fed every half an hour. When he was four and in pre-school, his class had a Mother’s Day tea. His teacher read aloud that I liked to nap and read (that’s what my son told her). Both true but somewhat embarrassing. When I told a friend who works at NIH, she found a study that said for every hour of sleep you lose, you need two to make it up. I figure I still have some naps due to me. :)

Maxine Davis - June 11, 2012 - 11:09 am

Susan, what a fun post! I, too, love naps. After lunch, it’s me and my recliner for about 30 minutes. When I worked, I would come home and sometimes make it no further than the recliner. It’s amazing what 15 minutes would do for me. Yep, I’m a big believer in naps.

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - June 11, 2012 - 12:22 pm

Me and naps do not always jibe. It’s an insomnia thing, but I do enjoy them when they happen.

Susan Carlisle - June 11, 2012 - 1:49 pm

Sia,
Mothers are the ones that need naps the most. When my kids were sick I seem to nap the most.

Susan Carlisle - June 11, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Maxie,
I used to sit in my husband’s huge recliner and sleep. I may go there today. A blanket and a recliner–the perfect pair.

Susan Carlisle - June 11, 2012 - 1:52 pm

Carol,
Sometimes I don’ sleep well and them I use nap to catch up. I know insomnia is a fun thing.

C.E. Hart - June 11, 2012 - 3:08 pm

For the past few days I’ve been taking naps (due to recent surgery and pain meds lol) but it’s normally very rare for me to do so. Unfortunately, when I nap I usually wake with a migraine. I do enjoy my down-time though. Walking my dog on our land, strolling the woods with my camera searching for an interesting shot, working on my WIP in my writing room, or relaxing with a book on my front porch rocker–these are my specialties. ;)

Dianna Love - June 11, 2012 - 3:14 pm

That’s adorable, Susan, but no – my husband would probably call paramedics if a I took a nap during the day. Once I wake up, I’m up until I crash at night. I think power naps are great, if you can do it. :)

Susan Carlisle - June 11, 2012 - 3:55 pm

C.E.
INteresting about the migraine after a nap. I’ve never heard of that. Down time is good in whatever from works for you.

Susan Carlisle - June 11, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Dianna,
You are such a dynamo that I’m surpirsed that you even sleep at night. Thanks for stopping in.

Linsey Lanier - June 11, 2012 - 5:22 pm

Love this post, Susan. I suppose I should try to sound sophisticated and say I’m a connoisseur of fine wine and fine men. But instead, I’ll say I’m with you. I only wish I could nap more. On the other hand, I think I’ll go take one right now. Later. :yawn:

Susan Carlisle - June 11, 2012 - 7:04 pm

Linsey,

I missed mine today. I may double up tomorrow.

Sandra Elzie - June 12, 2012 - 12:46 pm

Susan,
Sorry I’m late to the party…I don’t nap unless I’m sick…never have, even with youngsters taking them. That’s when I got dinner ready, put on laundry, etc w/o anyone under my feet.

However, as I age, I just might have to try out your theory and try napping for a week or so & see if it makes a difference. I want to always be kinder to my hubby. (g)

Susan Carlisle - June 12, 2012 - 2:53 pm

Sandy,
Being kinder to your husband is always a good thing.

Tami Brothers - June 14, 2012 - 8:21 am

Hey Susan! My husband loves his naps. He can often be found “watching” TV after work through his eye lids. Now if he caught me taking a nap, he would know there was something wrong with me. Sadly, just yesterday, The Kid told me I should probably take a nap. Might make me NOT so grouchy. :)

Thanks for a fun post. (sorry so late in getting over here).

Tami

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