I (Mostly) Hate Naps

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I don’t know what’s up with me, but I’m absolutely exhausted today. Maybe it’s the weather or my new workout routine that’s making me extra tired? All I know is that I needed to take a power nap to wake up this afternoon, which says something because I hate naps.

I rarely ever nap because I never wake up feeling better/more awake after one. Most of the time, I feel worse and usually a little bit cranky. I’d rather power through my tiredness with caffeine, fresh air, or exercise than nap. I know some people swear by them, but I’m just not a fan of naps.

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This morning, I went into NuVal for a few hours, so I packed a lunch to take with me: half of an Apple Omelet and some baked sweet potato wedges.

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Wow, that lunch looks really sad, but I swear it tasted great!


After my time at NuVal, I headed home to get some studying done for NASM. I made myself a snack of sunflower butter, banana slices, and chia seeds on a whole wheat wrap to eat while I studied.

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I also made myself a mug of coffee with soy milk.

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And then I got to work!

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About 20 minutes passed before I started to feel really tired. I ended up eating a couple of cookies thinking more food and/or sugar would help wake me up. No luck.

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At this point, I was really struggling to stay awake. I had finished almost my entire mug of coffee, so I figured if I slept for a little while, maybe the caffeine would kick in right before I woke up, so maybe a nap would work in my favor today. Well, it worked because I feel a zillion times better now! Twenty-minute power nap + 8 ounces of coffee = good as new!

What do you think about naps? Love ”˜em or hate ”˜em?



  1. Not much of a napper at all… I really dislike them for the most part, as I nearly always feel disoriented and worse upon waking up, then my night’s sleep is thrown off. However, like you, I have felt totally exhausted while trying to work most of this week, and wished I could nap! Just curious–have you had your iron level checked recently? I have to get my rechecked, as I have dealt with anemia for years now.

  2. My husband is the king of the power nap – 20 minutes and he’s up, refreshed and ready to go. I can’t even fall asleep in 20 minutes! My naps usually end up being about 2 hours long and I always wake up feeling sluggish. I try to avoid them if I can.

  3. i have found that if I set my alarm for 20 minutes am ok. even if I don’t fall asleep, I rested and that usually helps. anything longer than 20 minutes makes me really spaced out and grumpy. Hate that feeling!

  4. I love naps but can’t remember the last time I took one! If I’m feeling really tired I always crave sugar to keep me awake and I’d rather take a nap than over-eat! It reminds me of the HALT technique! Do you know it?

  5. i go back and forth with naps. in high school i would nap almost every day after school and my mom would always wake me up so abruptly. i used to tell her i hated the sound of her voice (ahh such a meanie!). in college my roommate and i would take like 4 hours naps ALL the time. now, i hate them, unless they are on a comfy couch after a long run. i always feel groggy and sickly

  6. I totally agree about naps. I have a hard time shutting down in the middle of the day, even if I’m tired. Unless it’s rainy and gloomy or super cold and I’m feeling down about something, I power through. I will say, though, that the couch, the cookies, and the dog on your lap all look very appealing!

  7. I feel the same way about naps- it’s a bitter-sweet relationship… Even if I’m exhasuted, I try my best not to nap because I wake up feeling worse than I did before :Z Crabby McCrabster!

  8. I always have such a guilt complex when I nap, like I should be doing something more productive. Also naps bring me back to my mono days when I HAD to nap!

  9. I hate naps too! Same reasons as you. Wake up feeling more tired and cranky. But there are times when they are necessary.
    PS. Still thinking, to use up your cranberries, bake cookies? I know not the healthiest options. LoL. My sister makes these awesome white chocolate cranberry cookies every year for Christmas. Major yum.

  10. I’m a bit neurotic about rest/naps. I don’t even like to sit down for dinner at night until all the “work” and “tasks” are DONE. Once my butt eventually hits the couch (or my head hits the pillow), I relax more knowing everything is done.

  11. I’m pregnant, so the more naps the better! I can never seem to sleep at night and end up exhausted during the day.

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