Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I need a nap.

Maybe I'm getting old.
But come around 3 to 4 in the afternoon
I get sleepy and I just can't shake it.
Wherever I am, I drift off to la la land.
It often happens while on the road.
Therefore Frank watches me like a hawk.
Apparently I've been known to insist that
"I'm fine" only to nod off while driving.
Apparently it's not just me.
Otherwise why would there be so many
Rest Areas along the highway?

Maybe it's a guy thing.
I've worked with more than my share
of males who seemed to suffer from
narcolepsy. During afternoon meetings
their eyes suddenly flutter, their head
starts to nod, and it's sleepy bye time!
I've been there also and can tell you
that it is tough to battle the evil forces
of exhaustion. I've bitten my knuckles,
kicked myself in the shins, yet nothing
was able to break the urge to nod off.

Maybe it's timing.
Remember when you brought your own little rug to Kindergarten just for nap time? There was something about that calm silence that made you feel safe. Why isn't there an adult equivalent in the modern workplace? We seem to have legislation for everything else. Why not siestas?

Maybe it's a girl thing. 
Women have always known the benefit of a bit of shut eye. At 3:00 p.m. Ethel would turn on the TV and tune in the Newlywed Game. Then quickly drift off. 15 minutes was all she needed, nothing longer.

Maybe it's just a good idea.
Salvador Dali, Stonewall Jackson,
Napoleon, and Thomas Edison all took naps.
JFK, LBJ, and Ronald Reagan had a routine.
Into the office early. Then a mid day snooze.
And afterwards the ability to be fully
functional till late in the night!
Maybe Winston knew best...

"You must sleep some time between lunch and dinner. Take off your clothes and get into bed. Don't think you will be doing less work because you sleep during the day. That's a foolish notion held by people who have no imagination. You will be able to accomplish more. You get two days in one - well, at least one and a half, I'm sure. When the war started that was the only way I could cope with my responsibilities."