Do you take naps?

Dagwood takes a Nap - in his easy chair
United States
February 9, 2007 8:23am CST
I've found that sometimes taking a short nap in the afternoon revives me enough to make it well into the night with enough energy to pull me through! Okay, maybe I'm just getting old! lol How many take quick "power naps" to revive? Do you take them regularly or just when you can sneak one in?
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
11 Feb 07
Yeah, I like to take naps. I feel more energized when I wake up. And fortunately I work at home, so I can take a nap whenever I want.
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• United States
12 Feb 07
Isn't that the bomb? LOL Working at home has it's definite PLUS!
@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
11 Feb 07
Occasionally I will take a nap in the afternoon. I get up at 4am to get hubby off to work at 5. Sometimes I will go back to bed for a couple hours, but if I stay up and work (I am self-employed) then I usually try to get an afternoon nap, when Bonanza comes on! I don't usually fall asleep though, I might just doze a little while I watch TV. I never took naps much when I was younger but I think my age is catching up with me!
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• United States
12 Feb 07
I used to stay up til Martha Stewart at 10am, watch her and then take my nap! LOL Now that I finally got cable, I tend to take my nap a little earlier or later, depending on what's on the Food Network.
@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
11 Feb 07
I wish I could take naps; I tried it a couple of times but found that they weren't short as you suggest. I'd sleep for several hours and then I couldn't sleep at nite. I do need to try it again as I get way too tired during the early afternoon/evening. Perhaps I should set alarm for a certain time and try it again. Any suggestions on how long of a nap I should start with?
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
11 Feb 07
Because I do a lot of exercise i.e. 5km runs every day, as well as rowing, cross trainer and pumping iron my body needs extra sleep to recover and so I can be fit and ready for my next training session the next day. I am always having a snooze, but it's not easy sometimes when my housemate is around. I also find I need at least 9 hours sleep each night any less and I feel totally drained and sluggish which is not good. I do like my sleep as well as my regular naps, its my body's way of recouperating and re-energizing.
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• United States
12 Feb 07
Yeah, I've pretty much learned to listen to my body. When I'm really whooped I take a short nap. I wish my big ol' butt was out running! LOL
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I do take naps but I think my naps are too long and it prevents me from sleeping well at night. I heard that naps should not be more than a half hour to an hour at most. I take quick naps on the weekends when I am not working. I do not do naps during the working week since I have so much stuff to get done at home as well as my bowling league. Naps do me a lot of good when I am able to take them.
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• United States
10 Feb 07
I can honestly say if I sleep much over an hour it messes me up too. I think they're correct when they say an hour power nap is all you need, sometimes less.
@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I think that is all I really take. I go to bed around 3 in the morning (or later) and I get up at 7. Then I usually take a nap sometime in the afternoon for a couple of hours. I don't always get to, like today it doesn't look like I will but I do try. I love my naps, I always did. Even as a kid I wanted to take naps. Drove my mother nuts :)
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• United States
9 Feb 07
I've always been a night owl and I do recall my teen years really needing a lot of sleep. I don't think people realize how much teens do need sleep. I believe its their biggest growth spurt and between eating and sleeping I think they relive their baby days! Seriously! I've only recently been able to truly take naps but that's because I now work at home at my own time schedule! I love it!
• United States
9 Feb 07
I never used to take naps but now I will when I can. I'm pregnant and I seem to always be exhausted! The first trimester was the worst, I'd get home from work and fall asleep...and I'd fall asleep in the bathroom at work! I'm glad thats over, but I'm still really tired a lot, especially in the evenings.
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• United States
9 Feb 07
I do recall 1st and last trimesters being constantly tired. Rest up... you're building a little miracle and those things take time, patience and lots of strength! LOL
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
9 Feb 07
I'm a big fan of the nap. I work shift work, so, when I'm switching from days to nights, or vice versa, I find I'm so tired some days. I lie down for an hour (or 2), and I feel revived, and ready to go for the rest of the day.
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• United States
9 Feb 07
Oh that's one thing that will mess ur inner clock up bad.. shift work!
@shywolf (4522)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I admire people who can "power nap", lol! For some reason, I've always been the type of person who takes awhile to relax and fall asleep. I really don't relax easily. (It would probably be very hard to hypnotize me, lol!) Therefore, I've never really bothered to try to nap, because I know that I don't feel sleepy enough in the day to do it. In fact, I have trouble sleeping sometimes even if I can see a little bit of light coming in through the curtains on my bedroom window. As soon as my body thinks that it is daylight, it doesn't want to sleep as much, lol! But I do think that, as I become older, I will be able to nap. My parents seem to be able to sleep anytime, anywhere, with the TV blaring, sitting up in a chair, anything. I figure that if they can do it, one day I'll be able to, too! *Laugh*
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• United States
9 Feb 07
LMAO... I think it's old age that allows you to sleep through anything. Can't hear... body's tired... sleep through a hurricane! lol
@EdwardF (431)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I have a crazy schedule anyway. I usually sleep from 7am to about 2pm. I usually take an hour nap from 6pm to 7pm at night. Then it's off to the computer for games and mylot. . your friend
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• United States
9 Feb 07
Oh, you sound like a true 2nd shifter!
@Carissimo (262)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I used to take naps regularly....now I dont have any time for them. I do, however, love taking naps. There is something so refreshing about a mid-afternoon nap. Sometimes when I dont really have anything planned for the day, the only thing I look forward to is making time to take a nap. hahahaha
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• United States
9 Feb 07
lol... well at least you have something to look ahead for!
@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
9 Feb 07
I have noticed a little afternoon cat nap - when possible - does give me the energy to make it through the evenings. Oh hockeygal, we are geting old, hahaha.
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@wdiong (1818)
• Singapore
9 Feb 07
I take my naps every day after lunch to coincide with my 21 month old son's naptime. I need my 'powernap' because I tend to sleep after 12 midnight and I wake up the next morning at 7.30am :) Not enough sleep because my son still wakes up in the night.
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• United States
9 Feb 07
Good choice.. family napping! lol
@xyla_v (314)
• India
9 Feb 07
yes i do take naps and i call them power naps because after having a nap, you feel you are energized...so i love to take naps and some times the nap becomes a sound sleep too.but i can't help it....
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• United States
9 Feb 07
yeah.. i missed my power nap today and i feel like i'm gonna fall over! lol
@mazmoaz (248)
• Norway
9 Feb 07
You gotta nap. I nap. A lot . Really . Yeah, I do. Not always because I want to, but I just have to, really. And then I wake up really late, and slap myself. And tell myself what a lazy idiot I am.
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• United States
9 Feb 07
LOL.. why do I have a mental picture of you standing there slapping the heck out of yourself going "bad maz"? I understand the NEED... I have to have one quite often too!
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
9 Feb 07
There are very rare days when I can nap and still manage to gt to sleep at night but usually I'm having an "off" day health wise....normally I cant though even if I wanted to cause then I wont sleep at night even with my meds :-(
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• United States
9 Feb 07
There's nothing better than a nap to make you feel better. I know that since I've had some health issues from the cancer I've found I simply NEED the rest. I think it's great to be able to actually listen to my body and do what's best for it... which is sleep to get better!
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I do take naps quite frequently. I am up till after midnight and then up at 6. I usually take a little nap before the kids get home from school.
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• United States
9 Feb 07
That's my nap time too... just before Rachael Ray! lol
• Ireland
9 Feb 07
I love to have a nap around 3 in the afternoon. I usually lie on the sofa and switch on the tv and before long, I am snoozing. I don't think I go into a deep sleep, as I can still hear the tv and if something interesting comes on I will quickly sit up and watch it. Still, it is very restful.
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• United States
9 Feb 07
Oh... can't sleep at 3pm here! Rachael Ray is on! LOL I tend to not really have a set time.. sometimes I sneak back into bed after the kids are gone and sleep then, not needing an afternoon nap but generally I hit my head on a pillow about 2ish and am up by 3 when they get home. Nobody even knows the better! LOL
@rhinoboy (2129)
9 Feb 07
I've never been able to sleep during the day. I go to bed late, then when I hit the pillow, that's it until morning. I would have trouble getting to sleep, but if I managed to drop off in the afternoon I would be out until like 3am, then be raring to go and not be able to sleep anymore.
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• United States
9 Feb 07
Unfortunately I've done that too!!!! LOL The kids will be gone for a night at friends.. home alone... old now and don't go out clubbing like I used to...end up falling asleep in the afternoon and wide awake at like 3am!!!! It sux 4 sure!
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
9 Feb 07
i must be getting old lol ive found myself napping for a hour in the afternoon when im at home and the kids are at school. Lol however mylot acts to keep me awake blessed be, keep on posting
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• United States
9 Feb 07
lol... well welcome to the ol' farts club! I find myself doing the same... generally mid afternoon I find myself nodding off!