The power of naps

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Naps. They’re probably the strongest force in this universe. They can give you energy to conquer the rest of the day, or completely throw you off and make you a couch potato for the rest of the day. Playing with them is like a lottery – you never know what to expect.

I don’t know about you, but I love myself some good quality nap from time to time. It’s kind of ironic as when I was younger (strange thing to say as someone who is just about 17) I absolutely hated naps. I had so much energy! My mother used to tell me “You will want to nap when you’re older, but you won’t have a chance on regular basis. This will be something you’ll miss.”

“Yeah, right,” I thought. But as mothers so often are, she was right. Because once I finished my first two years of high school naps became my thing. 

Whether it be after a long stressful day, or before an important decision is to be made, naps are my my first choice. It might not be the best idea in the world, but hey, I’m doing just fine… mostly .Now, I don’t know whether I sometimes nap simply  to avoid a situation for as long as possible, but that’s beside the point. I can ruin my life all I want, let’s focus on the general problem here. “It’s not me, it’s you.”

See, I feel very betrayed. My naps, I trust them. I let them enter my life because I believe they’re going to cause more good than harm. But just like in a bad relationship, I get tricked and become the fool. And it’s time for me to speak up.

Naps are meant to be the reason you later tackle the tasks you planned to do. But it seems to like that all they do is make the situation worse – missed deadlines, lots of crying and confusion is mostly what comes out of a nap. And don’t tell me I’m being dramatic here. It’s serious business. We need a support group with the hashtag #LifeRuinedByNaps. Why isn’t it a thing yet?

I cannot recall the last time I woke up from a nap rested. Yet I still freaking do it! I make myself believe the next time is going to be different; it’s all going to change “I can feel it.” What happens? I get woken up by my alarm, confused as to where I am and what I was doing prior to the awakening. Like an injured deer adrenaline rushes through my body and start to panic because I’m a) tired, and b) feel worse than before the nap. So not only am I tired but also have a headache, wonderful.

This process repeats on a weekly basis, and it seems like I haven’t learned anything from it. There’s always this small light at the end of the tunnel, or so I say to myself every time. But hey, 100th time’s a charm, right?

39 thoughts on “The power of naps

  1. Oh this is so very true, I experienced this today. I have a test tomorrow and I’m supposed to be studying (obviously I’m not, since I’m here) but I napped for an hour and woke up feeling way more tired than before. #liferuinedbynaps

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  2. Not sure whether to laugh or cry!! I feel your pain too, although now i take naps less frequently i find they help more!
    To what it’s worth, most sleep patterns usually are in 1&1/2 hour cycles, so if you can fit you naps into these sort of patterns it may help? (I’m fully aware an hour and a half is a long time for a nap but just my two pence)

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  3. I *totes* feel your pain here! I tended to have ‘power naps’ when I was at uni, and like you instead of making me all fresh and ready for lectures…I got all groggy and tired- sometimes missed lectures because of it! Try explaining to my lecturer why I missed his lecture because of taking a power nap, it’s a pretty lame excuse in his eyes! 😦 #liferuinedbynaps

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  4. I was an avid napper in high school, but not so much anymore. I used to take 3o minute napes and can attest that it is like playing the lottery. You never know what you are going to get when you take a nap!

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  5. Interesting what you have written about naps. Back in Sri Lanka where I am from, we also have the afternoon nap system like some other countries. Now is different as the ladies have begun to go for work, but then after lunch was the usual time to have a rest or nap as you do feel sleepy, after a meal and it is too hot to do much work. Being in Australia I still do have a afternoon nap, as my working time usually goes late into night. So I catch up the lost time but I get up well rested. I believe why you don’t enjoy the nap is because you are young, as I too used to not feel so good those days as very often I sleep too long and wake up with a heavy feeling. If you feel the need for a nap, try to have a short one. Well lottery fun way of describing. Life is about balance and even a nap time there has to be some time limit. How you achieve is up to you. Happy napping 🙂


  6. So funny. Are you really only 17? You write like a seasoned professional. If humor writing is your thing, you are going to be one of the talented few who can make a living at it. Pure awesomeness!

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  7. I used to feel the same way in college… But all that has changed. I now allow myself only 20 minutes and then a few more minutes after the alarm to stretch. If I have nothing else to do during the day, I will forego the alarm altogether and allow y body to wake up when it’s ready. Either of these don’t cause me to be started out of deep sleep, feeling worse than before. 20 minutes isn’t long enough to reach deep sleep, and for longer naps, your body should wake after 1-2 sleep cycles (1.5-3 hrs I believe). Hopefully it gets better for you 🙂

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  8. I sometimes take a nap when I am on a bus, on a plane… Even if it is just 10 min, I felt like my body have had a powerful reset 🙂

    But yeah I only allow me to nap when it is safe and when I am with someone 🙂
    A long nap will bring you to deep sleep mode, not a good idea.

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  9. Hi Unmotivated Enthusiast,
    1. I love naps.
    2. I offer blogging tips at my site. I’d love to be able to tell my readers how your blog got so big so fast.
    3. I came to offer help, but you certainly don’t need it!

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  10. I have the same trouble at times when it comes to wanting to take a nap when I needed one; At times while I have an almost packed schedule, I say to myself that I want to take a nap so bad; However, there are times that naps are short, so that when I wake up from one, I would feel full of energy again. So just try to go easy on wanting to take naps at times when you need one.-JW

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