A Long Winter’s Nap

Posted on: December 28th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.
- Carrie Snow
I love to nap. Especially at this time of year. When Midwest days are short and the weather a bone chilling cold what could be better than curling up with an afghan and dozing off for a few minutes?
I used to think that sleeping was a waste of time. I have successfully recovered from that faulty thinking. I’ve learned that some days a power nap is exactly what I need.
One study has shown that a twenty minute nap in the afternoon is more refreshing than twenty extra minutes of sleep in the morning. Some scientists believe we were designed to need a nap.
That is all the encouragement I need.
We can learn some lessons from some famous “nappers.” President John F. Kennedy routinely took an hour long afternoon nap – even in the White House. Thomas Edison had the ability to nap anytime and anywhere. There are photos of the inventor sound asleep on a workbench.
Perhaps the most famous napper was Winston Churchill. He claimed he would not have been able to handle the pressures of WWII without his nap.
Churchill was so committed to his afternoon nap that he would get under the blankets and sleep at least an hour each afternoon. “You must sleep some time between lunch and dinner and no halfway measures. Take off your clothes and get into bed. That’s what I always do.”
I love the idea of what one blogger called A Proper Churchill Nap. Maybe intentionally taking some time to rest each day would rejuvenate us and relieve some stress. Could it be that a proper nap would not only be good for us physically but also be good for our souls? “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8 NIV)
Do you ever take “a long winter’s nap?” Do you have a napping routine? Do you have a favorite spot for forty winks? Are your siestas reserved for weekends, or are you able to sneak in a power nap once in a while?
I look forward to hearing your suggestions for a proper nap time. But first, grab that favorite afghan, put on those fluffy slippers and take a little snooze.
(This is a re-post of an earlier blog- A Proper Churchill Nap.  This new edited version can also be found at www.thebarndoor.net)
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