Sometimes We Need a Nap, Other Times What We Really Need is Nourishment

© Marsha Musselman 2016 My rendition of ribbons made with flamepainter
Midland, Michigan
June 8, 2016 5:28pm CST
Last night was my last midnight shift for three days, and I could barely stay awake to drive home. I should have taken a short nap in the parking lot after getting off, but thought I'd be okay. Where are those eye-toothpicks when you need them? Vanny, that's a joke Oddly enough I got more sleep after supper last night and before heading off for the midnight shift than I have in a long time, but it seemed like I was more tired before and after the shift than when I don't get enough sleep. I slept until noon today, and then we went to do windows for two customers. Being tired again on the drive home I planned on a short nap. Although I was tired, I was more awake than I was that morning and I had a passenger to ensure our safety if I was worse off than I thought, but I did fine then. I ate supper that my husband made for us and planned on napping about an hour before heading off to visit with my mom at her new living arrangement. I discovered, after eating, that was all I really needed. I needed to eat, not nap. I'll be sleeping in my bed tonight, so don't be concerned, and if I find I'm still tired, I'll be sure to nap in my car before driving the two miles back to my house after visiting my mom. When you are tired and hungry, have you ever noticed waking up again after eating a meal or snack? (I'll be back later to visit once I return).
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@CRK109 (14435)
• United States
11 Jun 16
I know about how food wakes me up a little too well. That's actually how I gained weight. I wasn't sleeping well. I was exhausted all the time and I kept eating to try and wake myself up. Now I've learned to balance things better. Although I still have some major problems sleeping. But that will be addressed when I see my sleep doctor again.
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• Midland, Michigan
12 Jun 16
I don't always wake up when eating, but if it works, I can get more done than I would if catching a nap.
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@CRK109 (14435)
• United States
12 Jun 16
@MarshaMusselman Yes, that makes sense. I'm always surprised that I get as much done as I do even with lack of sleep. lol
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@koopharper (6641)
• Canada
8 Jun 16
I often perk up after a meal. Sometimes I can drink water till I'm fit to burst but am still thirsty. When that happens I need to eat something as well. Maybe my wires are just a bit crossed.
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• Midland, Michigan
9 Jun 16
I guess it might depend on how much water you're drinking for the day. If you're drinking a lot at one time, but not much throughout the day, or if you're working hard around your place like you tend to do, then you may need more water than what you're getting even if it seems like you should be floating away at that time. I doubt it's due to crossed wires. Btw, why is it I was thinking the name of your wife to be Daisy rather than Francine, or did she use Daisy on Bubblews? Otherwise, I'm mixing up your wife with someone else I chatted with a lot over there.
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• Canada
9 Jun 16
@MarshaMusselman She did go by the name Daisy on Bubblews.
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• Midland, Michigan
10 Jun 16
@koopharper Okay, I feel much better now that I know I'm remembering the right person. Is she writing on here yet? I think I checked her out months ago, but nothing was there at that time.
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@marsha32 (6691)
• United States
6 Sep 16
I'm sure part of my needing a nap is not eating properly. I rarely eat either breakfast or lunch. I might snack here and there, but some days I literally only drink Dr Pepper until supper time. I get so busy that I just don't take the time to eat like I should. Today I've only eaten some potato salad, but better than nothing.
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• Midland, Michigan
6 Sep 16
I run in streaks. Sometimes long periods of time will happen when I'm at least eating breakfast. I rarely eat anything for lunch, but I do make sure the drink lots of water. Other times I don't bother to eat breakfast or lunch. When I clean windows in the morning and then work as a cashier later in the day I always eat something on each break and for lunch, so I don't feel too bad that I'm not eating before cleaning windows. Otherwise, I'd almost be eating all day long. Like this morning. I didn't eat before heading out, but we were done by 1:30, so now I'm having leftover noodles and eggs that I made yesterday for a meal. Later we'll be heading to my brother's home and they always have a nice meal for everyone. Last night we had salmon caught that morning before they headed home from their weekend camping trip. We wouldn't normally bother them right after they returned from camping, but my other brother is visiting for a few days from AZ and so some of us went over early to hang out with him.
@Tampa_girl7 (25839)
• United States
14 Jun 16
Yes, food will wake me up.
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• Midland, Michigan
15 Jun 16
I was dragging at work today even after having a cappuccino and some iced coffee with creamer. None of those seemed to do much to keep me awake and I even had seven hours of sleep last night first. For my lunch at work I had a green pepper cut up with some dip and was surprised that even that did the trick for me. Now, since I'm home again, I'm tired once again, but I'll be heading to bed soon enough. I was hoping the green pepper would be enough to wake me up more, but wasn't sure whether it would or not. It would make more sense that protein would do the trick, or even some extra carbs, but I'll take whatever I can. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised because there have been times when just a simple salad was all I needed.
@jaboUK (54871)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun 16
Oh yes - I find that the act of eating does make you more alert. I used to find that when I used to drive long distances if I had a sweet or piece of chocolate, then I was ok.
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• Midland, Michigan
9 Jun 16
Generally, for me when driving and being a bit on the tired side, eating or drinking anything will help. It doesn't need to be candy or chocolate or coffee or energizing drinks. But, if and when I'm so tired I feel like I might drive off the road, then I make sure to stop somewhere and get a few zzz's just to be safe. When I'm not driving, but just going about my normal day, I'll usually catch a nap if I'm tired. On the few occasions where I know I should eat something, I am a bit surprised when that does the trick. I'm not used to it enough to consider eating rather than napping most times.
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@Juliaacv (32377)
• Canada
8 Jun 16
I have perked up after eating when I felt tired before. Funny how that happens.
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• Midland, Michigan
9 Jun 16
Well, it could be that we're short on carbs for energy when we do feel tired. Although, I try not to eat too many carbs at one sitting, my daughter does have to remind me that's how we get our energy for the day. It's a matter of figuring out which are the good carbs and which maybe I should stay away from.
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@Corbin5 (113162)
• United States
8 Jun 16
I have experienced that before. It is often hard to determine whether tiredness is due to need of food or sleep.
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• Midland, Michigan
9 Jun 16
And if and when we know we're needing more sleep, it's surprising when food will help minimize the tiredness. That might mean a nap isn't necessary, but we should still get to bed at a reasonable hour too.
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@Susan2015 (21311)
• United States
8 Jun 16
Sometimes we do take a snooze after eating something. I also have been tired.
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• Midland, Michigan
9 Jun 16
That's another or different scenario, Susan. I've felt more tired after eating certain foods than before and many times when I didn't even know I was tired. I think that's when we overdo certain carbs or don't get enough from all food groups. I try to stay away from a lot of breads for that reason, because I almost always feel like sleeping after eating breads. But, when tired to start with, I think if we have the opportunity most of us would consider taking a short nap before we think about eating to gain the needed energy. Unless someone isn't a napper at all, those folks might never bother napping. But, they may never think that eating might garner them a bit more energy either.
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@snowy22315 (51120)
• United States
8 Jun 16
I dont really know. I have had some overnight shifts in my day, and they were never fun. YOu are always tired the next day.
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• Midland, Michigan
9 Jun 16
Well, I've not been as tired this week when I wasn't getting as much sleep as needed as I was the past few days when I was getting more sleep. During the warmer months when I cover some night shifts, I have to sleep a portion of the time right after and right before my shift because I also run a business during the daylight hours.
@LadyDuck (170893)
• Switzerland
9 Jun 16
Yes, I have noticed that usually more or less an hour before eating I feel tired, this means I need something to eat.
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@Lucky15 (33719)
• Philippines
8 Jun 16
There are times that i take a 15 minute nap then eat like crazy
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@Chungshop (2365)
17 Jun 16
Driving is dangerous when we feel sleepy, take a nap or some exercise, then drive lo. Sometime I took some sour sweet or wash the face lo. I can't sleep when stomach is hungry, some lights and drink lo.