I catnap now and then, but I think while I nap, so it’s not a waste of time.-  Martha Stewart

Contrary to how cozy I appear in this photo ( taken about 5 years ago),  I am not much of a napper.  Maybe that is why my sweet husband thought to preserve on film-I was doing something I almost never do-nap!  I have been thinking about sleep a lot lately-there seems to be more and more research/information about sleep patterns and how they influence our productivity, emotions and life in general.

For most of my adult life, I have required very little sleep-4, maybe 5 hours.  I haven’t felt sleep deprived-although I do fall asleep somewhere in midair as my head is lowering to my pillow.  Research has come up with the idea that if you fall asleep within 5 minutes of lying down-you are probably sleep deprived.  That makes no sense to me-you go to bed when you are sleepy, so where is the problem with falling asleep right away?

I have lots of photos of napping babies.  I think as mothers we marvel at how angelic toddlers look while taking that afternoon nap before waking up and resuming their search and destroy mission of the day.  My 86 year old mother tends to doze off in her recliner now and then.  So, this is just a phase for me-I probably napped a little as a baby and I’ll pick it back up in my 80’s.  I have tried to adjust my circadian rhythms to be more in line with “normal” folks-it just makes me grumpy-like I got too much sleep or something.

What are your sleep patterns?  do you need the recommended 8 hours?  Do you get that much?  Less?  Do you have photos of sleeping children, napping dogs, catnapping (but still thinking) Grandmothers?