Wednesday, February 23, 2011

And So To Sleep...

Taking a nap in the afternoon is something luxurious for some. I don't know why some people can spent hours between lunch and tea, sleeping. Call it siesta, all you want, still I opt out to be part of it. When I was a little girl, okay...let's make it when I was in primary school, I did not even know there was such a thing as taking a nap in the afternoon. No matter how often I was chased by my mother to 'go and sleep' and to stop bothering her during that precious, quiet time of the day when she got to do what she loved most like needle-work (sewing, embroidering and such), I wasn't really up to it. I would sneak out just when she was not looking.

There are other times when it rained in the afternoon, for instance, and there would be no tv for us all. Then, it was really boring and I just slipped from where I sat and dozed off! The moment I got up, I swore, for someone as cheerful as me, I can be one, totally cranky kid. That was why I hated sleeping in the afternoons. I became practically quiet and testy. My head spun like a top whenever I tried to focus on anything and everything. Perhaps, after more than a dozen times I experienced the same 'aftermath' brought by afternoon naps, I couldn't carry it anymore and eventually stopped sleeping when it was daylight for a very, very long time.

Of course, not for long...

It surprised me when I found out that hubby slept a lot in the afternoon when we first got married. I thought afternoons for newly weds were meant for the malls...or the seaside...or just go jalan-jalan. You know, the kind when you've already spent the whole week at the office and the idea of cooping in the house for the rest of the afternoon was not "happening" at all! I couldn't sleep, so I had to find a way to make my other half not to. Most of all I need to get out of the house. Well, in this case, I won, you know! (How's that sound when your young wife wanted to visit the museum in the afternoon? Hmm...he thought I was boring!)

But after awhile, hubby protested that he wanted his rest badly. So, I let him win...sometimes. hikhik! I was left doing the things I used to do when I was single - I'd read. Well, like they say, if you can't beat them, you join them. So later on, our afternoon on weekends were mostly reserved for naps. Oh, how I hated him then! And I continued having the headaches...the crankiness and the masam muka moment. Worst of all, every time I woke up, I was feeling pretty mushy because of the recurring dreams I had had... Oops, this is another story!

Even now, though it's hard to say actually, I don't like sleeping in the afternoon unless I am really exhausted or when I'm sick. Also as I age, I need a few minutes of my beauty sleep shut-eyes! There are occasions when I bantai tiduq cukup-cukup!! =)) My idea of taking a nap is simple. Do not sleep flat on your bed. I usually prop myself on a stack of pillows so much so I'm reclining at a certain degree, almost sitting! hikhikhik! That way, you are sure to have a quality rest of not more than fifteen minutes. Any longer, you fikirlah sendiri! 

But then again, that's me. Some people might find themselves recharged after very long hours of tidur siang! I strongly believe that tidur malam is worthy of all the rest needed...

10 comments:

noir said...

i envy those who doze off easily. no siesta, no malam sleep sometimes. nak cakap hyper, dah tua. maybe kerna i'm always thinking of what next to do.

Sizuka said...

I love my afternoon nap, but that comes rarely.. huhuhu.. with shariff around, kids going to school, coming back from school, lunches, i'll be too exhausted to sleep. *sigh*...

ps : hubby kita serupa la :D

zarin said...

afternoon nap..hmmm suka tapi tkleh lelama ketiduran tu sebab nanti jadi lemau ehehe
i heran tengok my hb boleh tidur lelama petang2 i plak cuma boleh lelap paling lama pun 15 minutes je

i pun rasa tidur malam jugak yg best!

Lili said...

Noir,

I agree with you. The moment I close my eyes, my mind keeps wandering about some unfinished chores and issues! How to sleep like that, kan? Hehehe

Lili said...

Shidah,

Sometimes, if I do get too sleepy I'd do it there and then. Kalo dah masuk bilik memang spoil tidur tu. That's another trick for not taking a nap at all!

ps: ingat kita jer serupa ek...hubby kita pong! ;=D

Lili said...

Zarin,

Agaknya memang kita ni tak payah latihan bab-bab afternoon naps ni!
Kadang2 dengki gak tgk hubby ni senangnya tidur lama-lama... walhal, kalo kita ikut kita jugak yang 'poning'! Muahaha))

somuffins said...

Lili n friends :-)
I really tak sker mess up my bed except untuk tidur malam jer, auww...

If ever I wanna take a nap, I'd do it in my living room. Golek2 with TB..eh nolah.. with my bantal busuk atas lantai yg sejuk, lagi beshhh.. The nap pun takes <>15-30mts tu pun kalau I woke up as early as 4am.

I can easily doze off but I dont have the talent to sleep berjam2 as if there's no tomorrow.

I like my morning .. tenteram jer. Buat kopi secewen n ngadap you know what, heheh.

Lili said...

CS,

This calls for another entry! Yes, the one that leads our readers to our bedrooms...oopsie! Hehehee!!!

Taking a nap on the couch while watching tv is mandatory! Of course it can be anything from five to fifteen minutes. Jadilah...dapat rest kejap...hehe

I love my morning too...sampai I lupa hari dah senja I masih setia dalam rumah yg tenteram. One of these days, I must try to see my evening world!

Mama said...

Salam Lili

After zohor, my eyes cannot open already U know. Dont play play..I need the rest badly... kejap je. After subuh, I am the bibik, the garderner, the chef etc etc etc.... very very the tiring one... (excuse nak tidoq!)

Lili said...

Salam KZ,

Hehehe! That's the case, not the excuse...kan! Nowadays, sejak sedor diri dah kertu ni...hahaha...I pong tersengguk depan tv after all the posts we've appointed ourselves (bibik, gardener, chef, supir!!) expired by noon!