Getting Some ZZZZZs

Did you catch some ZZZs? What do I mean? I’m asking if you reposed. Took a nap. Slept.

My mother was a champion sleeper. She liked to read in bed and in no time at all would be sound asleep. Even during the day, she would stretch out on the couch for a little reading. That usually ended up as a nap.

“When the kids were little,” she said, “sometimes the only way I could get them to take a nap was to lie down with them.” I imagine she probably needed the rest too after having disrupted sleep with each new baby.

During those 105 degree summer days in Kansas, the folks found an afternoon nap carried them past the hottest time of the day. Then they refreshed themselves with a bowl of ice cream from the freezer. We nagged them to turn on their air conditioner, but they were adamant about not messing up the special discount on their electric bill for being a low-usage household.

She liked to sleep late during their retirement years. I learned not to call before ten in the morning. Once Dad died, this sometimes stretched even later in the day. It worried me, thinking that she had no compelling reason to get out of bed and start the day.

Sleeping allows the brain some downtime and lets it sort out and process all the information packed in there. Just writing about this is making me sleepy. How about you? Naptime…

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7 thoughts on “Getting Some ZZZZZs

  1. I caught me a few zzz’s this afternoon already! Had to. I almost always have to take a nap during the day. And if I ever have insomnia, all I have to do is grab a book. I fall asleep almost immediately. I wish I wouldn’t though: it takes me forever to get through a book! Glad I found your blog. Congrats on getting to the end.
    Hope to see you around —
    Michele at Angels Bark

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  2. I used to take naps with my babies too. I did need the sleep as much as they did. These days, I sleep later and stay up later and sometimes take a nap before dinner. When you don’t have to be anywhere at any time, the day sort of adjusts itself to your life and personal schedule.

    Congrats on making it to the end! (even if you did forget “O” for a minute)

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  3. Your Mom sounds like a lady after my own heart. Perhaps her late rising time after your Dad passed away was because she could finally relax–she had no one else to take care of.

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