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I was never a very good nap-taker.  I'm fairly certain my love of reading and storytelling came from my inability to fall asleep in the middle of the day.  When my mother was pregnant with my little sister, she used to make me lie down with her in the afternoon because she needed to rest.  Being an early reader, I'd secretly try to decipher the words of whatever romance novel she'd chosen to fall asleep with.  Then, when she fell asleep, I'd try to sneak out of the room--a goal thwarted by my mother's alarm system of wire hangers hung above the bedroom door.  Then, forced back to the bed, I'd lie awake and imagine myself taking part in some story.

Preschool naptime was the worst.  I was always in trouble for not falling asleep.  Or maybe is the fact I kept trying to get up and do something interesting instead of staring at the ceiling.

But... I am now re-thinking the whole nap thing.

Since the dojo opened, I've lost my usual productive writing time at night.  By the time I get home after teaching, my brain is not in the mood to be creative.  I'm simply too tired.  Rising early is a non-starter; too many years spent training myself to stay up late.  That left the hours in mid-afternoon as available.  Alas, it has come to my attention that those are my most unproductive hours ever.  It's my mental slump time.  I can do all sorts of activities in that time slot, but sitting down to write is not one of them.  Often, I can't even muster the mental power to poke around the internet.

So this week, I decided to experiment.  For an hour in the afternoon, I would nap, the theory being I wasn't accomplishing anything in that time slot anyway, and perhaps the nap would give me the mental energy to write at night.

Thursday night after karate, I jammed out over 2000 words.  Friday couldn't be part of the experiment because I saw clients all day, and today's later productivity remains to be seen.  But if nothing else, I feel better in the evening, and I'm falling asleep more easily at night.



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Jan. 20th, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
I truly believe in the benefit of "power naps". (Though I don't take them often enough any more.)
Jan. 20th, 2013 05:22 am (UTC)
This is the first time in my life I've awakened from naps feeling refreshed rather than groggy. I'm rather liking it.
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