“Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life;
don’t for a minute lose sight of them.
They’ll keep your soul alive and well,
they’ll keep you fit and attractive…
You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry,
you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep.”
I’ve been blessed with the ability to take naps. I like to joke that it is clear thinking and a good conscience that allows me to take naps and also to sleep well at night. But Solomon suggests I might be right.
When raising my children, I always took a short nap when they did. I’d shut my eyes and sleep no more than fifteen minutes without an alarm. also. I sometimes took naps during my lunch break–either in my office chair or in my car.
The Mayo Clinic website says not everyone can take naps because they aren’t able to sleep anywhere except in their own bed or can’t sleep when the sun is shining. Neither present a problem for me. They also conclude naps help one to relax, reduce fatigue, increase alertness, improve mood, helps memory, and improves performance. The older I get I can use all of these functions.
However, Solomon says, “A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next? Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent house guest!” (Proverbs 6:10-11)
Dear Lord, help us to nap when needed and still sleep well at night. Amen.