While teaching, I often took afternoon naps. Sometimes after school, but mostly on weekends, especially Sunday afternoons. During the summer I would sometimes lie down during the hot afternoon and doze off. I just assumed, once retired, I would continue to nap, off and on. It hasn’t happened.
I rarely take a nap. There are days, when it’s very quiet and warm, that I will doze off while reading. When teaching I could easily fall asleep while watching tv in the evening. That doesn’t happen in retirement. During the school year, if we took a car trip, I would fall asleep in the front seat. I stay awake for our trips now. So, what’s different?
When teaching, my days were jam-packed. I started at 5 each morning, earlier on department chair or field trip days. During yearbook production I was rarely home before 4:30 and then I would fix dinner and do a few chores. By bedtime, I was exhausted. Bedtime came earlier and earlier as the year progressed. The weekends gave little relief as those were the days I did laundry, grocery shopping, household chores, and prepared for the next school week. Oh, I get tired just thinking about all that I did. Maybe I will need a nap today!
I’m not busy now. I’m not exhausted at the end of the day. I can spread my household chores out all week long. I still go to bed early, but I’m rarely up at 5 a.m. I get up when I wake up. (I must admit to waking up at 5 twice during the past week just because…) There is no need to nap.
The temperatures were too hot yesterday to be outside. After making jam, cooking bean soup, dusting the front half of the house, and doing a couple of loads of laundry, I sat on the couch in the afternoon, reading. The house was quiet. The fans were all whirring. I nodded off.