Have you ever been so bone tired that you couldn’t really even think? You wander around just thinking of a nap. When your kids were small and you were up all night either with a newborn or someone who’s sick? Or just wake up and can’t go back to sleep for one reason or another?
As I’ve gotten older I find myself waking up and not being able to fall back to sleep. I’m either worried about something and there’s nothing like the middle of the night to feed into worry. Or my body is sore or I’m just not feeling tired anymore and want to get up.
My trouble is if I get up to early, I need a nap later in the day and then I find myself in a vicious cycle being “if I nap I might be adding to my not being able to sleep at night” dilemma. If you don’t nap you feel like a worn out dish-rag. So, what do you do?
Can you really make up for lost sleep? According to the experts it can be done but it needs to be done in a long time frame of adding an hour or two at a time. It can’t be done if you’ve had a long week and sleep for the entire weekend. It takes months.
I don’t know about you but when my blanket and my recliner are calling my name and I’m that bone weary tired, all I can think of is a 20 minute nap. I’ve also found as I’ve gotten older that I can’t take a 2 hour nap anymore and if I can close my eyes and just get a short one, it makes the world of difference.
But what about when you are “almost” sleeping. That feeling of “oh, I feel good” and your “almost” there and the dog barks? Or the phone rings? Or there’s one measly fly that insists on landing on your nose?” Then my mood for sleep is gone and I’m cranky and drug out for the rest of the day. I wake up early the next morning and the whole thing starts over…….
What about you, are you a napper? How much sleep do you get at night?