Several years ago, a friend of ours, who is a doctor, told me that efficient naps should last either thirty minutes or two hours…. something about the whole REM cycle and producing restful sleep. I like order and I like when things are clearly defined. So, after learning about this little medical fact, I embraced it. And after many years of practice, I am an expert at the thirty minute "power nap" (something my kids will attest to…) I don't even set an alarm. Occasionally, I just need one of these naps, and I always wake up feeling better. So, as I dragged myself out of bed again this morning, I had the passing thought, "This is going to have to be a power nap day". And then I had a glorious thought….
Navy is getting spayed and will be at the vet all day. That means that after I've dropped the kids off, I could take the Golden Ticket of all power naps and make it a two hour nap!
I considered the possibility. It sounded divine, but also super indulgent and probably not necessary. Then I reminded myself that I am a much better mom when I am not tired and overwhelmed. So, YES I decided, I would go back to bed after dropping Gentry at school. And when I got home, I did. I burrowed down in my comforter and set my alarm clock for two hours later and drifted off into on the most restful sleeps I've had in years. Then I got up and took a crazy long hot shower. Then I put on one of my favorite Pandora channels, and spent a ridiculous amount of time doing my hair and make-up. And then, I felt better. And then, I was ready to take on my mom job again with a little more patience and a little more kindness. The two hour power nap is a very rare thing for me, but today, it was time well spent. Because a happy mom=a happy family.
Happy St. Patty's day. And to all you moms out there. Take the power nap. You've earned it!