The siesta cultures near the equator may have it right. It turns out a mid afternoon nap is not such a bad idea. In fact, we may have been meant to sleep in the middle of the day. Although many believe that the mid day slump we experience is due to a heavy lunch, that is not the case. Sleep researchers have found that our bodies experience a slight drop in body temperature and a readiness to sleep in the afternoon regardless of whether we slept well the night before or not.
We often cover up and push through the urge to nap with caffeine and an afternoon snack of carbs (one reason why Starbucks and vending machines do so well).
Research suggests that we can benefit from a ten minute to a forty five minute nap in the afternoon so long as it is no later than 4:00 pm. Benefits from a nap include alertness and an improved mood.
So if you are able to do so (and keep your job), take that nap!
Resource: Say Goodnight to Insomnia, by Gregg D. Jacobs, Ph.D, Pages 96-98
I’m a little stressed out right now. I’m a school teacher and some things are going on at work that are very challenging. Every now and then Mew inspires a post on The Warm Milk Journal. This morning is one of those times. Here is the Sunday morning lesson for me and any of you out there who are feeling stressed or off balance.
The Mew Way:
Thank you, Mew : )
Have a blessed Sunday, everybody.
There are some days we are just not inspired to do much. And that is perfectly okay. This is Sunday, The day of rest. Here are some ways to be lazy today:
Giving ourselves permission to be lazy for the day is quite healing, really. Our batteries have a chance to recharge and we will have more to give to our activity filled week.
Debra : )
I have the sweetest cat in the world. I really do. He is a very calm, gentle, loving cat. He accepts everybody. He loves people, kids, other cats, and even dogs. He will let anybody pet him. He is never going to make a very good “watch” or “guard” cat (that’s what we have our other cat, Patches for). But if you want sweetness, you got it in Mew.
What can we learn from my cat Mew?
Debra : )
Mew is my wonderful, adorable long haired black cat. Like any cat, Mew recognizes the need to be aware and conscious of his surroundings. It always amazes me how fast a cat’s reflexes are when they hear something. Cats can leap and spring into action faster than anything. However, when there is no loud noise to react to, Mew is chilling. He may continue to be aware but he is relaxed and can stay in this totally relaxed, napping state for an incredibly long time. I don’t think Mew is going to age prematurely due to undue stress he is putting on himself. Nor do I think he is lying there on the foot of the bed worrying about much of anything.
In summary, what can I learn from Mew? For safety’s sake and my survival I should be aware of my surroundings and be ready to take action when (and only if and when) immediate circumstances warrant it (a loud noise, someone much bigger than me about ready to step on me, etc.) Otherwise, just chill. Relax. No worries. Stress? What’s that? Problems? Are you kidding me? Fuhgettabout it…I am too busy taking my nap, ok?
Mew, my adorable long haired black cat, knows how to kick back and enjoy life. I am quite certain that he does not lose much sleep ever.
Here it is, the Mew Way:
1. Don’t worry about the past
2. Don’t fret about the future
3. Be in the now
4. Keep it simple
5. Stay flexible
6. Move when necessary
7. Stretch often
8. Be aware of surroundings
9. Love everybody
10. Run when the can opener is opening that tuna can!
11. Take lot’s of naps
12. Be cute and know you are cute