Sunday Thoughts (nap like the Army?)

When Sunday rolls around, I try not to have much of a plan.

It’s a day of catchup, cleanup or rest up. 

Cooking, or reading or watching football. 

And sometimes I like to sneak in a nap. Especially if I’m coming off a particularly hard week.

Taking a nap used to be associated with weakness, or laziness. Or a luxury indulgence, only for those with “extra time.” 

But maybe the Army will change a few minds on that. 

Because I took a walk through their latest health & fitness manual, and what do you know – they’re now fans of what some have called “strategic and aggressive napping.”

It stands to reason that active duty military need to be ready and alert. So fatigue is something they need to combat, before they combat any foe.

Their new manual says this:

“When regular nighttime sleep is not possible due to mission requirements, soldiers can use short, infrequent naps to restore wakefulness and promote performance. When routinely available sleep time is difficult to predict, soldiers might take the longest nap possible as frequently as time is available.”

Interesting advice. And keeping up with the times, as it turns out. 

Because naps get a bad rap.

And as the military now recognizes, “the afternoon provides an opportunity to help pay down any existing sleep debt.”

This is especially important when our alertness starts to fade mid-day.

So if you find you want to rest your eyes this afternoon, don’t feel guilty about it. It’s not a luxury – it’s a tool for mental and physical performance. 

My dog Ellie has known this for years. I’m glad the Army gives me another reason to join her in an afternoon siesta.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. And stay safe.

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Comments

ted murray - November 19, 2020

My mom raised 8 kids, and tried to nap every day early afternoon before school got out! She lived a full life, passing away at the age of 99. I take a nap every day, sometimes 15 minutes, sometimes over an hour…. It surely rejuvenates me (I am 78). Keep up the good work!

Dave Smart - November 16, 2020

Enjoy your comments and laid back style of sharing good information , thoughts and ideas. 👍

Richard Hunter - November 16, 2020

Re: Jeff Reagan’s thoughts on napping, I hate to deflate his balloon, but ground/combat arms soldiers have known about quick naps, likely, ever since there have BEEN wars/grueling training. “Never stand if you can sit; never stay awake if you can sleep; as you don’t know when the opportunity will come again”. On a 12-mile+ march, when the column halts to rest for 10-mins, and you drop where you stand with a pack still on, just that 10-mins can be enough to get you to the next break, or meal period, Of course, you need help getting back up, but that’s a given. At least the Army got smart enough to include it in their manuals…FINALLY.
Cudos to Jeff for sharing that!👍😀

Craig Peterson - November 16, 2020

A nap in the afternoon is my favorite thing to do. I learned this when working at the fire department and ambulance service. I fall asleep fast and wake up after an hour or so refreshed. So thanks for sharing this topic. Have a great Sunday.

Dolores Maples - November 16, 2020

I am a retired nurse of 35 years and now combatting this Covid mess so yes naps are very important for physical, mental and even spiritual well being. Thank you for all that you do.

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