Lots of folks think the people of the world belong in categories. There are males and females, Jews and Gentiles, Republicans and Democrats. freshmen and seniors, and so on.
I have another two categories: The nap people and the no-nap people.
I come from a family of nap people. My busy stay-at-home mother occasionally went to her room in the afternoon for a nap. When my father came home from work, he immediately fell asleep in his lounge chair until called for dinner. Grandpa Kaub who visited us every other week would watch the St. Louis Cardinals baseball games with the family and often fall asleep in his chair. (I thought Grandpa was so funny. But then again he was old, probably as old as I am now.)
So early in my career I worked with a woman named Ann who would give me a cheery “Good Morning” when I was still struggling to clear my head and get ready to function. She would then tell me about her morning. She had gotten up early, hung the Christmas lights, baked brownies and then came to work before starting time to finish a project from the day before.
I was flabbergasted at all that energy. I once asked her when she slows down…you know, when does she take her nap. “I don’t take naps!” she said defiantly. “Naps waste time.”
I didn’t answer.
But, that’s when I first noticed that indeed, there is a whole species of folks unlike me — folks who don’t take naps. They just go-go-go and they’re probably skinny, too.
I have three dogs. Dogs nap a lot, but there are differences. One of my chihuahuas would snuggle in a lap 24 hours a day if he could. He sleeps late in the morning and snores in my lap. He’s a tad chunky. The other chihuahua is always on alert. Wherever I am, she is. If I am about the get the mail, an activity that is boring to my other dogs, my high-energy dog is right there with me, ready to go outside with me or to give me a big welcome, with tail wags and jumps, when I return. She’s also the thinnest of my dogs.
Yes, I can take naps and still do. Fortunately, with age I am seeing that some former non-nap people have now joined the nap brigade. In fact, lots of seniors describe their run-out of energy as “I need a nap.” (Other seniors complain when just parts of them fall asleep, but that’s a different subject.) And it turns out, that the science behind nappers has been studied and discussed for years and years. For some tips on achieving benefits from napping consider these suggestions from the Mayo Clinic.
So….if you need the Christmas lights hung or would like a plate of brownies, I won’t perform early morning. I get up groggy. I need coffee. I get the news…then I may take a short nap after breakfast so that I can hang the damn lights and think about baking brownies ….which may be delayed a day or two.
Maybe in my next life I can add no-nap high-energy to my wishes for darker skin, slimmer hips and a dazzling smile. Do I need anything else? Let me think…I’ll sleep on it and tell you later.