It’s a known fact that most adults don’t get enough sleep. With jobs, kids, and our daily occupations, sleep seems to be the last thing on our minds. In other parts of the world, naps have always helped those that needed some respite, but sometimes, you just need a good night’s sleep.
I was way too tired last week to go out on bike rides. I was back at teaching fulltime, around 28 hours a week, on top of that, I was covering some freelance blog posts at Unplggd. That meant that I was going to bed very late and waking up early. My system included a three to four-hour night, a 30 minute noon-time nap, and a 2-hour nap after work. I don’t think this system works well. I totally broke down on Saturday and slept 16 hours.
It’s been a long week. I’ve had a full teaching load, 27 hours of teaching, plus my usual freelance writing posts. Since I was off the week before, I haven’t yet been able to go back to a full work schedule. It has disrupted my training schedule.
I go to bed too late and get up early in the morning. I need to take a midday power nap and a longer nap after I come back from work. Then, I get up in the evening and start writing articles. I walk the dog and continue writing until 2AM at least. Sometimes I finish earlier, but I’ve made a point of taking time outs to read and relax.
After a full day, it takes me a while to wind down, which is why I’m going to bed so late. Hopefully, this will no longer be an issue next week. I’m dead tired right now and ready to sleep in and go for a bike ride.
I’m probably going to get up an hour earlier next week so that I can get a bike ride in before scooting off to work. Then, I’d like to get a run or another ride in after work. As long as I get enough sleep, it shouldn’t be a problem.
As a freelance writer/teacher and now graduate student, I find my schedule pretty full. I work the whole day and come home for a lunch break. Then I leave again for the afternoon. I tend to come home anywhere between 4PM and 8PM, depending on the day. I’ll go out for bike rides 5 times a week.
Since I only start writing after midnight, I usually go to bed at around 2 or 3 AM. I wake up at 8AM. I have to be at school for about 9AM, so my routine is scheduled by the minute in the mornings. This includes taking a shower and walking the dog. This means that I need a nap to function correctly. I usually take a 20-45 minute nap during my lunch break, which is usually from 12 to 1:30PM. That’s my power nap.
I also train in cycling and ride at least 400 km a week.
[This will be true of starting this week. I’ll write more about what impact my daily training has had in my life at a later date. ]
This means that if I finish my day early, let’s say around 4PM, I’ll come home and take a nap before going out to cycle. Without the nap, I wouldn’t always be able to train.
Napping is very common in Asia, though I haven’t grown up there.
[Almost everyone naps because they have very long days, even the teachers. Nap time lasts from 12:30 to 1:45PM in most places]
In the US and Canada, napping is usually seen as being lazy, though taking power naps and caffeine naps is really energizing and can be used systematically in order to function for long periods of time at full capacity, without nodding off.
Power naps are short. Anything from 20 to 45 minutes is usually enough to reinvigorate you. If you nap for more time, you’ll likely end up more tired. A good thing to remember is that a usual sleep cycle lasts about 3 hours. So either nap for 20-45 minutes or 3 hours.
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Seemed a lot funnier in my head after 27 hours awake.
Or more like 32 hours no sleep.
Then 2 hours sleep.
Then 6 hours no sleep.
Getting really loony.
Update: I got about 10 hours sleep last night and woke up refreshed.