When your morning coffee’s kick is wearing off and that afternoon slump starts to hit you, go and take a nap to keep your mind running properly.
The idea of a siesta is nothing new, particularly in hotter countries like Spain, and researchers have long studied the benefits of these post-lunch catnaps. A new study pinpoints the optimal amount of time seniors should nap in the afternoon for the benefit of their mental function: about one hour.
You bet. I sleep less now since I’ve retired that I ever did when I was working full time. Figure 5-6 hours a night now on the average than the 7 that I absolutely insisted on when I was working.
Some nights I’ll sleep 8 hours but it’s usually in bed by 2-3 AM and up by 8 on a good night. Some nights it’s much less and I’m up by 5 or 6 AM. I’ve gone many, many days on 4 hours the night before.
It’s funny too because the days I nod off during the day, I sleep better and more hours that night. Exercise and physical activity have no bearing on it whatsoever.
I don’t know and to be honest, I don’t care – I’m retired and I could really give a fuck about my hours. If I feel like nodding off at 8 AM, I nod off. It ain’t like I gotta be somewhere, you know? It’s the first time in my entire life where I don’t feel guilty about napping. Seriously, how many of you have woke up to your spouse asking “Are you asleep?” and you say “No no, I was awake!” Nowadays I wake up with “What the fuck, wasn’t it obvious?”