In my last post, I spoke briefly about what it’s like to take a nap in the middle of the day, how it affects you later on and in the days afterwards. I’m writing this post the day after taking a long nap during the day, and I feel a bit hazy and tired right now. Still a bit exhausted despite all the sleep I got. I think our bodies get used to sleeping if that’s all we do, and our bodies prevent us from having a fulfilling day.
This isn’t always the case, though. On some days, after a nice short nap, I feel rejuvenated and back in the game, like I just took a long, powerful rest. That’s why they call them power naps, after all; you feel powerful after taking one!
Back when I used to work at a different school, I would be so exhausted from school that I would go home, immediately lie down on my bed, and fall immediately to sleep. It was instantaneous. Partially because I was an anxiety-ridden mess whenever I got home from school, I slept in order to erase the negative feelings I had in my head during the day. The sleep helped me forget the bad times and close my eyes. If you have anxiety, you probably know what I mean when I say that every hour spent awake is another hour spent worrying about something inconsequential and frustrating. When you’re asleep, that’s less time getting worked up over nothing. That’s how naps help with anxiety, along with exercise and other important things like that.
This all being said, taking a nap is one of the most enjoyable things you can do, especially if you need one badly and you set an alarm to make sure you don’t oversleep or anything like that.