Writing Can Be Murder

March 29, 2010

Napping and creativity

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 3:54 am

I’m exhausted…but I’m not complaining. It’s an exhaustion born of an extended bout of creativity as I embark on a new WIP. Still, this almost manic inspiration is burning me out.

I took naps both Saturday and Sunday and I actually slept. Long Suffering, who knows of the powers of such things, is an excellent napper. He closes his eyes, he goes to sleep, the alarm goes off, and he feels refreshed from his nap.

Me? I usually lie there beside him. Practicing deep breathing or meditating or just zoning out, but I almost never sleep. But this weekend I took three naps (assuming that waking up Sunday morning, getting up and then deciding I should go back to sleep counts as a nap) and I slept every time.

After every nap, I got up and wrote. And it’s good stuff…soaring stuff, not that plodding drivel I often do. So I decided to see if the naps were responsible and this is article in Psychology Today

So now I’m wondering, do you nap regularly? And if so, what the benefits or drawbacks?



  1. I rarely nap, not because I don’t want to, but because I usually wake up feeling groggy and out of sorts. My husband can nap anywhere, anytime and feel better for it. I end up stumbling around feeling like I have a hangover. Funny thing, Saturday morning I did go back to bed and take a short nap – unusual for me, but after battling a cold all week, I was shot. That one did help, I guess because it was more like extending my sleep than actually napping.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — March 29, 2010 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

  2. If I had a résumé, I’d have “napping” under my skill set, I’m so good at it. So, yes, I’m a nap enthusiast. I operate better if I have a short snooze.

    I used to take naps when I had a real job, too. I’d either find a couch to curl up on or just put my head down on my desk for twenty minutes. At my last position, I had my own office, so I’d lock the door and lie down in the middle of the room with a blanket. That was heaven. (It’s the small things, really.)

    Thinking about napping is making me look forward to tomorrow afternoon. 😉

    Comment by Kate Perry — March 30, 2010 @ 10:10 am | Reply

  3. Jennifer — Hope you feel better! Long Suffering has the hangover feeling if he sleeps for more than 20 or 25 minutes too. Something about REM or something.

    Kate — lying on the floor with a blanket reminds me of kindergarten…now I’m nostalgic for a cubbyhole with my name on it….and Buck Rogers, I’m definitely nostalgic for Buck Rogers this week…

    Comment by love2wryte — March 30, 2010 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

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