Today’s prompt: PAUSE
WHY ARE YOU SLEEPING?
Although my use of all caps here may imply yelling, that’s not exactly my intent.
I am thinking of my father-in-law asking me that when he lived with us.
He didn’t understand my quick day naps (I’m not sure I did either).
Napping has always been something I have needed.
Unfortunately, my tendency to get sleepy at inopportune times (think: meetings, when sitting in the choir loft facing the church) has led to me taking a pause when I least wanted to.
But, being home for the past four years made it a little easier to meet that need for the well-placed brief midday nap without annoying an employer, stealing time from their clock or embarrassing myself by falling asleep in front of a group.
Especially as it relates to the last four years, though, I guess mainly the three years of caregiving, I wonder if the napping wasn’t a response to the overwhelm.
I read someone talk about stress napping a few months ago and I rang true.
Maybe that’s what I’m doing, I thought.
(Although, to be fair, I’ve rarely gotten enough sleep at night so am probably in a perpetual sleep deficit to a degree.)
This article talks about stress napping. I’m not sure its premise applies to me, but it is another piece of (sweet) food for thought.
Side note: I’m listening to the Paus playlist on Spotify because themes matter!
I also often fall asleep before my plane takes off and wake up at landing. I actually love flying, but this pattern started when I was…
***end of five minutes***
…traveling for work while also caring for an infant at home (can we say exhaustion?) and seemed to get even more entrenched after 9/11. Maybe my need to avoid/escape any unpleasant effects of flying is deeper than I think. Maybe I don’t want to chat with my seatmate.
I just know that whether it’s a mental health thing, or a physical need, or some other drive, a pause through a micro-nap is something I seek often.
Welcome to this week’s Five Minute Friday. Our instructions, via creator Kate Motaung: “Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.” (But I can’t resist spell checking, as you can imagine.)