Yesterday after work I stopped by McDonald’s and grabbed some lunch for my granddaughters and myself. I was suppose to pick the girls up and bring them over to our house for the afternoon, but the youngest wasn’t feeling well, so I decided I’d grab some food and spend some time with them at their house.
When I got home, I did something I rarely do. I had a nap. Very seldom do I do that and if I do, it’s usually during the winter. If I get a little tired in the summer, I’ll just get up and do something outside.
My wife can always tell when I’ve had a nap. If we talk on the phone in the afternoon she’ll ask, “did you have a nap today?” When I ask how she knows, she says “because you sound a little grouchy.” Fair enough. I’m not one of those that feels refreshed after having a quick laydown. For me it’s the opposite. I’m usually a bit groggy and grouchy for a while. I always feel better before I lie down!
I’ve worked with other morning personalities in radio over the years that had to have a nap in the afternoon. It was just a part of their daily routine. People always seem a little shocked when I tell them that I don’t have a nap on a daily basis.
I remember as a kid my dad would get up, shower, get dressed up in his suit, have breakfast, and then proceed to have about a 20 minute nap on the couch. He always said that was the best sleep of his day. Really? I could never figure that out. How in the world could you be tired enough to have a nap after getting up from a good night’s sleep?
This crazy shift I work can wreak havoc on a consistent sleep pattern. Most of the time it’s to bed at 7:45 and up by 2:30 or 3 at the latest. There are some nights where sleep won’t come at all. Then there are afternoons where it feels like I hadn’t slept at all the night before.
I remember when I was in school I’d go to bed at 9 and get up at 7 the next morning for school. Now it’s in bed by 7:45 and up by 2:30 the next morning for work.
I don’t know about you, but to me it looks like I’m actually moving backwards in life!