Guess what. I love naps! Love ÔÇśem! CanÔÇÖt get enough of ÔÇśem! TheyÔÇÖre perfect for when you donÔÇÖt have time to fit in the four to five cycles of REM sleep the body needs on a daily basis. WhatÔÇÖs my favorite thing to dream about when napping? Sleeping, of course! Bored of what youÔÇÖre hearing in the office board meeting? Take a nap! Want to make that commute go a little faster? Take a nap! The pressures of the outside world getting to ya? Take a nap! Below are some of the most common nap categorizations.
The Nod (a.k.a. The Springboard)
One second youÔÇÖre here, the next youÔÇÖre not. But wait- youÔÇÖre back again! This nap is characterized by regular head bobbing/nodding. The sleeperÔÇÖs head comes down as sleep takes over, and jolts back up from the sudden recognition of falling asleep. The Nodding Nap is involuntary, and most common in meetings, lectures, and automotive rides.
Perfect for the napper who doesnÔÇÖt want to draw attention. Fold your arms, put on a pare of shades, lower your baseball cap, or simply rest your head in your hand, and let the world think that youÔÇÖre brooding. (Caution: the head-in-your-hand technique may draw concern from people who think youÔÇÖre crying or have a headache.)
Perhaps the most frustrating type of nap to take. In The Matrix nap, the napper does not know that he is napping because he is dreaming of what he was experiencing immediately before dozing off. This can be particularly frustrating for someone engaged in a remedial task such as note-taking, driving, or bricklaying, as the napper is likely to experience disappointment and frustration upon discovering that what he thought was real, was in fact an illusion. Example: student is taking detailed notes in class, only to wake up and find that all of the notes were actually scribble; or, surgeon is carefully removing patientÔÇÖs appendix, only to find that heÔÇÖs actually made a long incision down the length of the patientÔÇÖs thigh. In some cases, the Matrix Nap can be fatal (i.e. while driving or having sex).
The Power Nap
Ideal for the busy professional who needs a quick recharge before carrying out the rest of his or her day. It has been scientifically proven that every minute of a power nap counts as two to three times more sleep than any minute of a regular night sleep. The Power Nap is best administered in a nap designated area, however, and will generally last between fifteen and twenty-five minutes. Be careful not to let the Power Nap go much longer than half an hour, or it may parlay intoÔÇŽ
Any type of nap has the potential to turn into an Odyssey Nap, a nap that lasts longer than two hours. In fact, it is not uncommon for an Odyssey Nap to last several hours, or even all through the night. But what differentiates an Odyssey Nap from a regular night of sleep, you may ask? Odyssey Naps begin during the day or early evening. They are not intended to last terribly long. Most importantly, they can be extremely dangerous, as an Odyssey napper whoÔÇÖs just awoken often experiences extreme confusion, disorientation, or a sense of purposelessness.
An offshoot of The Matrix nap, The Screamer takes the dreamer to a dark place right quick. In the dream, the napper may be running, falling, or facing some sort of immediate danger. As humans do in the face of danger, the dreamer screams- only the scream follows the dreamer from the dream into reality. ThatÔÇÖs right- the dreamer wakes up screaming, a scenario that can be most embarrassing, but not nearly as much as waking from The Shitter.
The ÔÇťFuck ItÔÇŁ Nap
This nap is for the cat whoÔÇÖs tired and just doesnÔÇÖt give a shit. HeÔÇÖll do it wherever, whenever, and doesnÔÇÖt care who the hell sees him. The ÔÇťFuck ItÔÇŁ is most popular among homeless and children.
These are only but a few of the many types of naps that come to mind. What others can you think of? Have you invented any naps of your owoa;iijakl.////// Have you inventeD na;odksdjhhhhhhhhhhhhhn