In Praise of the Sunday Nap!
Today we again honored the tradition begun before my father’s generation and continued into my grandson’s. The Sunday Nap!
Some would say that this tradition was instituted by God in Genesis when after working six days to create the heavens and the earth and all that is in them God decided to rest on the seventh day. Regardless of how the tradition began, I am grateful for it and heartily endorse it. Rest is good.
Not only is it refreshing to get an hour of shut-eye, it helps to reset the mind and prepare us for another grueling week of same old, same old. Let me say that I just took a pole and 2 of the 7 poll subjects were still taking a nap! Not sure that this proves anything other than we are a family bound by tradition.
Sleep is important. Just like we learned in school we should each sleep 8-9 hours each night. Few of us do. Sleep deprivation can cause loss of productivity, accidents,
disrupt hormone production and the proper metabolic processing of carbohydrates. Severe sleep deprivation can cause symptoms that resemble drunkenness, including lack of coordination and poor judgement. Even if one does not sleep, the quiet rest in a calm space can do a lot for us. There is so much general noise in our lives that any excuse for quiet is a refreshing change. That is as far as we will go with sleep study information–don’t want to put you to sleep!
I look forward to the quiet of the whole house on Sunday afternoon. The homeyness of the family safe and snug. The refreshing decadence of it all–chores can wait, we have something important to do. I cherish and protect it vigorously. I hope I have passed it on to the next generations and if my poll is any indication, I have!
- Daytime naps improve performance (biosil.wordpress.com)
- How to Power Nap (foxnews.com)
- An afternoon nap markedly boosts the brain’s learning capacity (kozar.wordpress.com)