Years ago, I bought the below card that says “sometimes you just need to take a nap and get over it.” It is still sitting in my basket of cards as I have yet to find the right recipient. Its message is a little bold, a little rude, and a little too honest. If I were to send it to someone, what would they think I would be communicating to them or about them? Would they assume I thought they were holding a grudge for no good reason? Would they assume I thought they were too crabby and really needed more sleep? Or, would it be the reaction I was imagining, would they laugh? Would they find the card as hilarious and true as I did when I bought it?
The uncertainty of the reaction meant the card has gone unsent for years. As I wrote about last year, I send cards to show love, not to make people feel bad or question their actions. This isn’t a Dear John letter, or anything close to that. So, it has gone unsent.
Recently, I had a thought. Perhaps I bought this card for me, for it to collect dust in my card basket and occasionally remind myself of the importance of sleep. Perhaps it was never meant to be sent. For I am the recipient who laughs when I see it and think a nap sounds like a good idea. I see this card on mornings when I am having a great time and everything is just flowing. I also see it on afternoons when I feel “off” and I am struggling to be my happy go lucky self for no real reason. A nap sometimes saves the day.
In our current society, sleep deprivation is thought to mean you are passionate about life, you are trying to maximize the time in the day, you are making the right sacrifice. I too used to utter the phrase “I can sleep when I am dead.” Which, while perhaps true, doesn’t mean I should not sleep while I am living. I feel truly alive after a good night’s sleep. I feel rested and ready to take on the day. I feel my happy go lucky self. Sleep deprivation doesn’t look good on me.
Others have spoken of the need for sleep. Arianna Huffington says sleep ranks number one. Oprah.com says getting more sleeps means having more energy. Even WebMD gives us 9 reasons to get more sleep. So this is my food for thought for the week. Can changing a bad mood be as simple as taking a nap?
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