Whenever I say I love sleeping, people always think I’m kidding. In fact, because I’m always the last woman standing at any sleepover, on more than one occasion I’ve had someone ask me, “I don’t know how you do it, don’t you get any sleep?” The thing is, I’m pretty good at compartmentalizing so when I’m out with friends, my sole intention is to have fun. But when I’m home and there’s nothing else to do, you can bet that a shuteye is on the cards. Here are some signs that you feel that same way that I do about our siestas:
- You need to take a nap before anything.
Getting ready to head out? Nap first. Friends already on the way? Nap first. Have a thousand word essay to do? Nap first. Need to clean your room? Nap first.
If you’re also a procrastinator like I am, a nap is always the perfect answer to an escape. You rationalize it by telling yourself that you need to gather as much energy as possible to tackle the taxing task ahead of you. Even if you were to start now, the outcome wouldn’t be as great because of how lethargic you are in your current state. Hence, the only way to muster the strength to write that essay/do your spring cleaning/socialize with people is to hit the sheets a.s.a.p.
- There’s no such thing as a ten minute nap.
An hour, yes. Thirty minutes, maybe. Fifteen minutes, under extreme situations, perhaps. Ten minutes? No way in h-e-double hockey sticks.
Scientific findings say that ten minutes is the ideal duration for a nap. But as someone who takes that amount of time just to doze off, a four hour nap seems much more realistic for someone of your sleeping caliber. Here’s a fun fact for you, scientists; a ten minute nap is worse than no nap at all for someone who loves snoozing more than life itself.
- “That’s not a nap! That’s sleeping!”
…is probably something that you’re used to hearing after waking from a satisfying slumber. Whether it’s your peeved parents, your irritated spouse, your well-meaning partner or your antsy roommate, you’ve heard this so many times, your eyes glaze over whenever it’s mentioned. However, you can’t blame them for being so crabby about your sleeping patterns, even you know how boring it is to sit around and wait for someone to wake up.
- Forcing yourself to go back to sleep when you’ve woken up too early
You wake up one day to the sound of children playing outside. The sun is shining bright, the birds are chirping loudly and the smell of your mother’s cooking wafts into your room. The clock reveals that it is ten o’clock on a beautiful Sunday morning. Record screeches to a halt. Wait, ten?! No no no no no. There is still so much sleep to be had.
“I know I can do better than this. I refuse to get up before my time is due”. So you continue laying down in bed with your eyes closed and wait for your mind to drift back to sleep. You eventually wake up at two in the afternoon and your body finally gives you the green light to get up—but not before lazing around in bed for another twenty minutes.
- Your bed is your best friend.
Do you ever just kick your feet inside your blankets and relish the coolness of your sheets against your skin? You wrap yourself in your cocoon and you smile inwardly to yourself as your bed envelopes you in its warmth.
As long as you’re in it, there’s nothing out there that can shake you too hard when you have your mattress, your trusty comforter, your favourite pillow and perfect air-conditioning temperature. World, come at me.
…and I’ll get back to you when I wake up.