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N is for Nap Power #AtoZChallenge

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Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter:

photo by Tui Snider
photo by Tui Snider

N is for Nap Power

I used to push myself to the breaking point, trying to get by with as little sleep as possible. These days, however, I now honor my body’s need for a solid 8 or 9 hours of sleep each night. I wish I could say the reason for this change is that I wisely realized the importance of listening to my body.

The truth is that my body finally got fed up and threw a tantrum. After a health scare or two, I was essentially forced to respect my body’s need for sleep. I feel so much better! And, ironically, I’m actually more productive than when I was pushing myself to death.

Another thing that caused me to look at naps in at sleep in a new light is the time I spent in Italy. Italy is a siesta culture, and from roughly 1-4pm each day, shops close so that people can go home, have lunch with their family and, if they feel like it, take a nap! After a while, I found this to be a very comfortable rhythm.

Here in America, we often scoff at those who nap, as if it’s a sign of weakness. But in Italy, without that nap stigma, I developed a new appreciation for them, and appreciate how they can improve productivity. I don’t nap every day, but when I do, I no longer feel guilty about it.

 What about you? Do you listen to your body’s needs? Do you ever take naps? Has your attitude towards naps, rest and sleeping changed over the years? 

 

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What is the April A to Z Blog Challenge?

Each April, bloggers from all over the world participate in the April A to Z blog challenge, and you can too. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to meet other bloggers.

To play along, all you do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during April, then visit as many other bloggers as you can. In addition to my personal blog here, I’m also writing A to Z posts for the the Story Dam writing community. You can check those out by clicking here: Story Dam’s Writing Quotes & Encouragement 

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Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in quirky, haunted, and downright bizarre destinations. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!” Snider's writing and photography have been featured in a variety of publications, including Coast to Coast AM, FOX Travel News, LifeHack, Langdon Review, the City of Plano, Wild Woman Waking, Shades of Angels and more. Snider’s award-winning books include Paranormal Texas, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, and Unexpected Texas. Snider has several more books in progress, including a Field Guide to Cemetery Symbols and a book about the Great Texas Airship Mystery of 1897. Tui has worn a lot of hats in her life – literally – and is especially fond of berets. She enjoys connecting with writers and readers all over the globe through social media, her newsletter and her website: TuiSnider.com.
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7 Comments

  1. …and the older I get, the more I enjoy my naps. LOL!

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    DB McNicol , author & traveler

  2. The ‘nap culture’ lifestyle sounds like something a person could grow quite accustomed to… :)

  3. If I don’t sleep at least 8 hours a night, I fill all droggy and I can’t do anything. So I know, don’t stretch too much. It is worth it and it does give more energy. Well, at least to me ;-)

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir

  4. Oh, a subject dear to my heart! I have been a devout napper for 15 years or more. My brother, a nurse who worked pm shifts, first taught me the value of naps. I’m lucky that my work schedule fits perfectly with napping. I have a mat and soft blankie at my work center (okay, I’m regressing here), and I avail myself of them every day. I often stay up late and get up early, but the nap takes care of the rest.

  5. As I get older sometimes my body does not give me choices in that. I have never been a napper but more and more in this last year, I found I have had to just stop and give in to it. It did help. I was surprised, when I was younger this would have caused me to be up all night and short of sleep the next day, but not anymore.
    Enjoyed reading. Happy A to Z Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

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