I’ve always been a fan of naps (well, of sleeping in general) and I’ve finally discovered the optimal nap time for me: Saturday morning. Yes, seriously, MORNING!
Each weekend I feel like I need a little more rest, but I’ve been trying to be vigilant about going to bed and getting up at the same time every day, since it improves my sleep. Sleeping in just throws that whole circadian rhythm thing off and I wind up groggier than if I hadn’t taken the extra snooze.
I have friends who swear by Sunday afternoon naps, but I can’t stand them!
By the time I wake up afterwards I just feel like the weekend is GONE. There’s no time to do much else but hurriedly figure out dinner, and frantically try to clean all the things I meant to clean. Plus, afternoon naps make it harder for me to fall asleep at night, so I end up staying up later and screwing up that whole circadian rhythm thing once again.
Instead, Saturday mornings I wake up at 6am-ish like normal. I putz around for a few hours doing errands, tending the garden, maybe work out, and then I go back to bed around 9:30 or 10am. A ninety-minute to two-hour nap later, I awake fully refreshed, ready for lunch, and still have SO MUCH WEEKEND ahead of me for fun and productivity!
How about you? What are the key components of a great nap for you?