Napping Guilt

10202031609010715How many times have you been woken from a nap by a phone call, text, or a knock at the front door, only to have the person who disturbed your slumber to remark how jealous they were that you were napping.  Jealous???!!!

Well this is what I think when they say……..

“I wish I had time to take a nap”, so what you are saying is that you are too busy to take a nap.  Do you not think that I don’t have things to get done?  Do you really think I like losing an hour or more everyday that my body forces me to take a nap?

“Your so lucky, I wish I could take a nap.”  Lucky?????  Never in any of my adult years have wanted to take a nap for the sake of catching some zzzzz’s.  When I nap it is because my body is exhausted from pain, I have no choice but to give in and allow it the rest it craves.

“Must be nice!”  What’s nice?  If you think having your body rob daylight hours from your schedule without notice is nice, then you are welcome to trade bodies with me anytime.

“Naps are for children.”   This doesn’t deserve a response….. If someone is this ignorant then I have nothing more to say to them.

With that out of my system I will admit that I have learned to cherish my awake hours and to let go of the guilt of not being able to push through my fatigue and forgo a nap.  The fact that the number of naps I take has hugely decreased since I started sleeping 8-10 hours a night 8 months ago has made a huge difference.  Needing only one or two naps a week versus one or two naps a day has increased my productive hours allowing me to feel less guilty when I do need one.

How do you respond to those who chide you for taking naps?  Or are like me and done with trying to be nice with your responses?

Till next time, may your pillow be soft and your slumber be sweet!

Gentle hugs,

The Disabled Diva


Published by Cynthia Covert

Diagnosed in 2001 with psoriasis, followed by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and later a botched hysterectomy turned her world upside down. Cynthia shares her experience, advice, and tips for how to make life with chronic pain easier and less painful.

One thought on “Napping Guilt

  1. So true! I even have other people who are chronically sick take the p@## out of me. I don’t have a choice until I started octreotide injections I passed out 30 minutes after eating. How the hell is that lucky? Well done on writing about this!

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