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Old 09-06-2019, 10:35 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by dragnlaw View Post
If I only napped for 20 minutes it was very refreshing. If I zonked out for a couple of hours I would wake up groggy and had a hard time to shake the lethargy.
That's us..I quick nap and Jeannie zonks out.. I'm ready to go and often, she wishes she hadn't napped..


Disclaimer: My experiences may not be as someone else might think correct.. Life goes on..
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Old 09-06-2019, 11:08 AM   #12
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I love napping out in the balcony on my lounger or hammock in the middle of the afternoon when it's about 60 degrees out. My cats would sometimes join me. :)

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Old 09-06-2019, 11:36 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Andy M. View Post
Your brain won't let you be irresponsible. If the time is approaching for tending to your birds, you will know that and be ready. In that circumstance, you probably won't be able to nap because you know you have things to do.
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Set an alarm.
Andy It's one of the reasons I had to let the horses go... I couldn't bear it if I did something irresponsible just because my body 'wanted' to.

I also know about that "jolting awake" from personal experience. One day I'll have to tell you about the raccoons and my chickens. Murdering bustards.

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Old 09-06-2019, 12:39 PM   #14
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I nap nearly daily but it has to be in bed with the blinds drawn and with my trusty sleep mask. Sometimes I set the alarm for an hour around 2pm, other times I don't care how long I sleep. I call it OPN....Old People Nap. How the heck did I get this old this fast?
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Old 09-06-2019, 01:56 PM   #15
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I lie down on the bed to nap, and I nap until I wake up. Sometimes I don't even fall asleep. Other times I'll sleep for a few minutes and wake up, or I may sleep for 2 hours. I figure that my body will do what it needs. I rarely sleep more than 6 hours at night any more, so when I have the chance to take one, an afternoon nap helps me through the rest of the evening.

The only time I'll set an alarm is if I have to be awake for some reason at a certain time.
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Old 09-06-2019, 04:01 PM   #16
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I nap nearly daily but it has to be in bed with the blinds drawn and with my trusty sleep mask. Sometimes I set the alarm for an hour around 2pm, other times I don't care how long I sleep. I call it OPN....Old People Nap. How the heck did I get this old this fast?
After my mom retired in her late 50s, she started taking afternoon naps and she said she felt old, too. I told everyone I worked with wished they could take an afternoon nap The Spanish afternoon siesta is so civilized.

I usually have a hard time sleeping during the day, but if I don't sleep well at night, I can. I took one today because the storm woke me up last night.
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:02 PM   #17
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When a friend was doing her Ph.D., she was researching narcolepsy and sleep apnea, shift workers sleep patterns (she now is a prof at Harvard). She needed a control group. I volunteered. I learned a lot about my sleep patterns. I dive from level 1 to level 4 in about 5 minutes and stay there. I skip the other levels of sleep. When I hit level 4, it takes about 90 minutes for me to go into REM. My ideal nap is 40 minutes. I am one of those people that comes up from level 4 to awake in a shockingly short period of time, but when I am at level 4, I am there. Dead to the world. I believe in napping. Ironically, I quit napping when I was 18 months old. Now I love naps.
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:33 PM   #18
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I used to nap when I got up earlier in the morning. Now that I regularly sleep until 11 or noon* I can't justify a nap.

*Don't judge. I usually don't go to be until 4 or 5 AM. Night owls, we are. As Himself says, "someone has to wake the birds up".

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...What about having a snack? Is it better to have a snack before? or after napping?...
There was a sleep specialist on the Rachael Ray show sometime over the summer. His suggestion for a 20-minute nap was to drink a cup worth of hot/warm coffee right before you lay down. The logic is that warm liquid will relax you, and it takes about 20 minutes before the caffeine is processed. That way the caffeine hits your system just about the time you want to wake up. He said that it never fails for him. I haven't tested this myself, though. So...do you like coffee?
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Old 09-06-2019, 10:55 PM   #19
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I had three meetings today where I wished I could have napped. If I had, maybe I'd be more relaxed now and able to nod off for the night. I wake up in the morning tired as ever, go to bed wide awake. Crazy!

It's been over a year since I went to dayshift, I still can't sleep at night without chemical help, but can nod off during the day.
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Old 09-06-2019, 11:13 PM   #20
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Ooooh....napping. When I don't have Tyler in the afternoons, I relax in the recliner and can fall asleep in a heartbeat. The other day I turned on a movie I had DVR'ed and kicked back in the recliner to watch it. I fast forwarded through the first commercial and next thing I knew the movie was over - I FF'ed it through the entire movie and slept through it.

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