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Am I right to have naps during the day...or will they just mess up my routine?

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gottomakeaquiche Mon 18-Jul-11 22:36:32


I have two lovely babes now 6 and 3.5years. Both sleep well now (believe me other parents - the horrid nights of little ones waking up a gazillion times a night DO stop I promise).

I work for myself and fit it in around the children. This is ok normally, my best time for working now is in the eve - 8 - 10.30/11pm ish. I like my work and thankfully run a business from my business which is painting.

My problem is that I have fallen into a pattern of having a nap of about an hour - sometime 1.5hrs which leaves me feeling brilliant and able to work that later shift in the evening.

I get to about midday and am dead on my feet. Have a nap, raring to go and work well into the night..the same the next day and so forth.

Could I be doing any damage by having this routine?

Ps..I only have a nap when the babes aren't here of course! I work Mon, Tues and Wed when they are at school and childminder - Thurs and Fri I have off with the children - no naps on these days and early to bed for us all!

Thanks in advance!

PukeyRag Tue 19-Jul-11 19:22:55

How do you feel on the days you don't nap? Maybe give it a week of not napping and see how it goes? If it doesn't feel any better then go back to having them.


nethunsreject Tue 19-Jul-11 19:25:58

SOunds like things are working fine aand napping works for you, so I'd stick with it.

ShowOfHands Tue 19-Jul-11 19:28:04

It's actually a good idea to have a nap in the afternoon. We function a lot better with a short afternoon, post lunch nap and a long sleep at night. We'd be much healthier as a nation if they passed it as a law.

If it works for you, be assured that it actually makes physiological sense for you to do it.

gottomakeaquiche Sun 24-Jul-11 20:50:55

Thank you very much for your thoughts...feeling much better about my naps now!


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