As I have mentioned in previous posts, I do not require much sleep, averaging 4-6 hours of sleep per night, and I am both a night owl and an early bird. Once I am awake in the morning, I am up for the duration of the day, so, I never have been one given to taking naps. My daughters both gave up napping completely before they each reached the age of two and maintained sunny dispositions without the extra sleep, so, I think that it may hereditary. Today, though, my older daughter and I discovered the joy of a much-needed power nap, and its positive effects carried both of us through the rest of the day.
After waving the white flag and admitting that I needed to try another round of antibiotics to recover from this stubborn sinus infection, I also had to admit that even though I have slept more in the past few days than I usually do, I still felt exhausted. This fatigue was weighing me down and turning a lovely Sunday afternoon into a gloomy exercise of futility, as I could not muster up the physical and emotional strength to do what I wanted to do. It was frustrating to the least. Then, my older daughter came to me with a request that ended up being the one thing that I was able to do for myself and for her.
My daughters both spent the night with friends yesterday, and while my younger daughter was still raring to go and went on a play date with a friend, my older daughter came home with me this morning. When we arrived home, she filled me in on all of the activities from the previous night and said that today she just wanted to spend time with me, so, we talked for a bit and played a board game. Then, she said, “Mom, will you take a nap with me?” She is a night owl who needs her sleep, and apparently, she had a late night and an early morning. Since I was tired, too, I readily said that this sounded like a grand plan indeed. So, with a cool breeze and warm sunshine streaming through the living room windows, she stretched out her petite frame across my body and snuggled in for what turned out to be about an hour and a half nap. This was reminiscent of what it felt like to nestle her against me and hold her as she napped as an infant, and that feeling was just as amazing as the actual nap itself.
We both woke up feeling rested, re-energized, and content, and that nap definitely put me in a much more positive frame of mind, which meant that I was more patient, pleasant, and perky, and was able to enjoy the rest of a lazy Sunday and prepare for work tomorrow. Yes; I am working on Memorial Day, because homelessness does not take a holiday. I know that power naps are supposed to be about twenty minutes in duration, but the physical, emotional, and mental benefits from our afternoon nap were quite powerful actually. I definitely can learn a lot from my daughter and need to follow her lead more often.
Just one thing each day . . .
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