Cat napping

I have a love/hate relationship with naps.

I bring it all on myself, though. When it’s time for me to, say, copyedit a draft, I’ll curl up in this reclining chair I have with my laptop and wrap myself up in a blanket. Now I know there’s NO CHANCE I’ll stay awake for more than 10 minutes if I have a blanket on me. My brain thinks, “Blanket on me. Sleep.” So weird.

So after copy editing for 10 minutes max, my eyelids get so heavy I literally can’t keep them open. At this point I could get up and walk around and wake myself up. But I don’t. I think, mmm, sleep would be so amazing right now and there’s really nothing wrong with taking a little nap because my body obviously needs the rest and it’s so warm in this blanket and really what’s the harm… And before I can even finish thinking that, I fall asleep.

Anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes later (ok, maybe an hour, but you can’t prove anything), I wake up. And hate myself immediately. I feel out of it, annoyed that I’m neither still sleeping nor completely awake, and like a total loser for sleeping in the middle of the day.

Why did you make me take a nap?!? I yell at my brain. But suddenly my brain is very quiet and doesn’t have anything to say about it. I make outrageous promises to myself that it will never happen again. I mean, who do I think I am? Taking a nap during the day on a freaking Tuesday. Ugh. Totally ridiculous.

Image from Straggled Matter.

  1. The Hill

    October 14th, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Why is sleep the most alluring thing in the world? Except of course when you NEED to go to sleep because of something important the next day.

    Sometimes (often) I daydream. It is necessary sometimes just to think bits of stories through without writing. Only whenever I do this, people immediately jump into my line of vision (even if I was alone five seconds ago) and make irritating comments about me staring into space. So I stopped thinking with my eyes open and started thinking with my eyes shut. If people think you’re asleep, three quarters of the time they leave you be. Except then my brain goes ‘eyes shut? You must want to go to sleep’ and I fall asleep and all my thinking goes out the window.

  2. Meredith

    October 14th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    It’s a vicious circle!

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