I love naps. It’s no secret. I still take a nap, at least once a week, whenever possible. One of the best pieces of advice I received as a new mom was to “Sleep when baby sleeps.” I have now expanded that to “Sleep when any child is sleeping.” Here’s the kicker though: there are no newborns in my house, so I don’t really have an excuse for taking a nap other than the fact that I just like sleep.
Maybe I’m just one of those people who requires more sleep than others. It could also be that I’m simply lazy. But the fact of the matter is I have four children, which can be exhausting at times. Bedtime often get pushed back due to homework or scout meetings, and once the kids are in bed, there are still piles of dishes in the sink and laundry to finish. I never seem to crawl in to bed as early as I want. Which means, if you were to peek into my windows of my home at 3 p.m. on any Saturday, you’d probably see me catching up on some Zs.
When one of my children are sick, I tend to rely on naps a bit more. Those frequent, mid-night interruptions can certainly affect your functionality the next day — whether it’s due to a newborn or a sick child. Thankfully, there’s coffee. In my home, I’ve even declared that “if you are home sick from school, you HAVE to take a nap.” House rule! Even the oldest must submit, as this also applies to any adult who has tended to a sick child during the night and has to stay home from work. Sure, you’ll have tons of work to make up the following day when you return, but a mid-day nap without judgement is one of the few perks of parenting.
Some days — and weeks — require more naps than others. If my husband begins to notice and comment on my napping habits, I’m quick to say, “Honey, I think I might be pregnant.” For me, extreme exhaustion has always been my first sign of pregnancy and he knows it. Sure, this excuse only buys me a few days until the truth comes out, but it keeps him from not only passing judgment, but trying to steal my precious nap time for himself! It probably would have been kind to add a line about my need for sleep to our marriage vows. But oh well! My only real nap-related regret is that a king-sized Lamby
Do you still nap? Do you have any house rules about naptimes? How do you survive sleep deprivation? Share with us in the comments below!