I have a confession to make; a confession about a pet peeve of mine from when Piper was a newborn. I use to cringe when people would tell me "sleep when baby sleeps".
I didn't want to sleep when Piper was sleeping. At the time, I felt like her nap time was the only time when I could be me instead of mom. Looking back now, I wish I would have napped a little more while she would nap.
After reviewing this guide from Casper (the sleep start up that created the perfect mattress, sheets and pillow for everyone), I think that taking a nap would have helped me feel better in the long run, even if it meant I didn't get as much "me time". Although, according to "the science" portion of how we can benefit from naps below, I guess napping really should be considered "me time", after all. I'm loving this guide from Casper!
Piper is 15 months old now and these days, I have been known to take a nap a time or two throughout the week. Since I'm a stay-at-home mom, it's a perk of the job that I can take a nap when Piper naps. So, of course I take advantage of that from time to time. Actually, my goal is to take advantage of nap time for myself more often.
I usually only take a 20 minute nap, when I do nap. I'm glad to see from this guide from Casper that I'm doing it right! I have found that if I nap for too long, I don't want to get back up. Anything under 30 minutes of napping does wonders for me! I feel like I push the reset button when I take a nap. Some days, that can be a good thing for Piper and I both!
Back when I use to work a 9-5 job in the office, I took naps at work, too. (Shh. Don't tell my old boss. Just kidding. You can tell her.) I'd say it was a couple times a week that I would actually take a 15 minute nap in my car during lunch. I especially could be found doing this during my pregnancy with Piper. I found that when I would take a nap on my lunch hour at work, I would get more done in the afternoon. Win for me, and win for my boss.
Readers: Do you enjoy taking naps? How long is your ideal nap?