Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping.
Edgar Allen Poe
This is the time of year, with Halloween just a day away, scary poetry, stories, books and movies become extra popular. I know my children always watched the spookiest movies that they could find. I watched them along with them, but I’m no fan of haunted houses and the like, so today I’m going to write about the value of naps.
I occasionally watch some of my grandchildren and I know that if they don’t get their nap, they are cranky and out of sorts. I think we adults benefit from them too. When I was working, I could have used one.There were many afternoons that I’d find my self nodding off while trying to input some data on the computer. It would have been nice, but there was no napping allowed on the job.
Now I don’t have to worry about that anymore. I just take one when I need one. Even the shortest siesta works and makes you feel a whole lot better. Studies show that naps improve creativity and judgement. Just a 15 to 20 minute nap can restore alertness, memory, and curb the effects of fatigue.
Yawn! I don't know how I ever managed without my naps!