Arizona air had done something strange with my body. I have never been a nap person. I hated naps as a child. My mother always fighting with me to stay down and take a nap. Why there was just too much to see and do to waste time sleeping. Sleeping was highly over rated. In kindergarten I had to take a rug or mat for nap time. Really? I was five years old and entirely too old for a nap. Those were for babies. In my crazy younger days when my friends were sleeping until noon or later, I was up and going. No time to sleep in or take a nap. Naps were for those that couldn’t stay on the porch with the big dogs. The only time I would sleep in was when I didn’t go to bed until six or seven in the morning.
When my daughter was a baby and I put her down for a nap, other moms would tell me to take a nap at the same time, I would feel better. Down with that! I would rush around getting things done so that everything would be done when Kelley woke up from her nap. She was a baby, she needed her rest, not me! As an adult, I found taking a nap in the middle of the day made me feel worse than if I just stayed up and toughed things out.
So the years have gone by and I am still not one to nap in the daylight, unless I am sick. My family knows that if they see me sleeping in the middle of the day I am sick, very sick. However, since this move to the desert southwest I find the need for an afternoon nap. I wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go. That has never happened to me in all my 64 years. I would say its the heat but I am in the air conditioning all afternoon. I thought it might be that I’m back to riding my bicycle but I didn’t ride this morning as we had company at eight in the morning. I did venture to Lowe’s and the grocery store after the company left. That surly wouldn’t cause one to need a nap.
I was wondering if my northern body is changing in ways I did not consider when I left the Northland. I never felt the need for a nap all the years I lived in the Southeast. Here I sit typing away, thinking I should get off this computer and go take a nap before I fall asleep at my desk. I will have to apologize to my daughter for all the times I made fun of her for sleeping her life away by taking naps. If I nap now I will be refreshed and ready for dinner time and a cool drink out on the patio.
My question: do you think my body is changing and requesting new behaviors because of my age or is it the new hot climate causing my body to need more rest?