You know I love my naps. I think napping is like a restful night of sleep without the hours of time commitment. You snooze, you are refreshed and, you wake up ready to face the world with a smile.
I’ve discussed the Spring Nap, today, I’m going into the Winter Nap. That nap that is the next best thing to the holidays to take place every winter season.
The Winter Nap is best taken on a day when the thermometer is showing that it’s at least 35F or colder outside. If it is raining or snowing, it’s even better. Although one can nap in bed, it’s also acceptable to snuggle down on your sofa to snooze…and snuggle is the key word here. You want to turn down the thermostat so the room is cool or open a window a crack to let some chilly, fresh air to enter. This is my preferred method.
You must have at least one soft pillow–I prefer two feather ones–and the luxury of either a wool blanket or a feather duvet. Your covers have to long enough to cover your body and yet still be flexible enough to able to be pulled up under the chin, thus eliminating all cold air from entering your personal body space. I sleep on my side, curled up, blanket (or duvet) loosely tucked around my body, head nestled into the pillow and the air in the room cool enough to notice a difference when I finally arise. The cool (cold) air pushes you into a fast sleep and the warmth of the covers keeps you there, content in your nest. I can sleep this way for a good two hours, dreaming those chaotic/odd/half believable dreams one has when you nap.
I can give up my Spring Nap or even the Autumn Nap (I’m lying here), but, never, ever will I surrender my Winter Nap–it’s too delightful a process to eliminate from my life. There is no problem I can’t face, no day that is too stressful, no task that cannot be taken on after one of these naps. To rise and stretch and say aloud, “OH!! It’s cold!!”, turning the heat back on, folding the blanket(s), putting everything away and facing what you left waiting when you first went to snooze, is a first world blessing of the finest order.