I really miss weekend nap time. As a young adult and then later a parent of young children, my husband and I relied heavily on nap time. It was an island in time – a sweet paradise of calm, quiet, and rest. Now our kids are six and eight and “ain’t nobody got time for napping anymore.” Playdates, scouts, sports, and other commitments could keep all of us running around all weekend. However, it has been a particularly rainy spring here in the DC metro area this year. Our circadian rhythms are especially impacted between 1 and 3pm. This time of day – no matter your age – is when your body goes into a sleepy state. There are some variations depending on your hormone cycle and if you are or are not a “morning person,” but it is fair to say that there is a significant post-lunch lethargy taking place in our bodies.
My advice is not to fight it. I used to try to fight back – I drank coffee at this time of day (I still have one cup of low-acid coffee a day on the weekdays – usually around 2pm), I took a lunchtime walk which is healthy and invigorating…but I couldn’t shake the dip in energy and productivity no matter what I did. Between 1 and 3pm, at best, I felt calm and slow, and at worst I felt exhausted and pissed off that I had to push through all the way to the end of the day. I am still pushing my agenda for America to adopt a siesta approach to afternoon work life (like Spain, Israel, and British tea time) but until then we might rely on books, music and restorative yoga to get through the afternoon dip. In this picture – on a rainy weekend day the kids and I took out all of our yoga props and found poses that helped us relax and restore (organically and creatively). Her braids are adorable, right? Thanks @cookwith5kids for those.