If I close my eyes or relax for a while it only makes me more tired and want to sleep, I dont really feel energized. Thats why naps are impossible for me, it takes me a while to fall asleep, and I cant stay asleep for only an hour or so, I would fall back asleep lol....but like you said, you dont fall asleep.
Sarah, you deserve to nap all you want! Your keeping your kitties warm.
My DH is a big believer of power naps. He feels refreshed after a 15-20 minute nap, whereas I feel groggy. I take a while to fall asleep, and I like to stay there when I get there. Now, I do like the idea of napping on the job....
When I was working 12 and one 1/2 hour night shifts I would take my break all at once and go and sleep for 2 hours, most of us nurses did that.
I don't think I would do that now though because I found out that I snore really badly because of my obstructive sleep apnea, so I know I sure wouldn't just put my head down on a table and take a short nap, hehe At home I have to have an afternoon nap or I can't get through the day.
At my old job, I would rest (not actually sleep) during my hour lunch break sometimes. Some girls did it everyday. I will sometimes nap on the weekends. I try not to nap too late though. or else I won't sleep at night!
I'm not sure whether it's normal or not, but every couple of days or so, I hit a period in the afternoon when I absolutely must sleep. It feels like if I don't lie down, I'll fall down. But then after just five or six minutes, I can function again...?
I generally take a power nap everyday around 3 P.M. Like yours I actually don't go to sleep but kick off my shoes, settle back in my chair at work and close my eyes. Most days I can manage about 10 minutes before someone disturbs me.
Surprisingly they are quite refreshing and I find them very helpful in letting me focus on the rest of the afternoon. I refer to it as clearing the clutter.
I was reading a article several weeks ago regarding power naps and it said that a lot of large companies in Japan and China have a designated time each day especially for their employee to have a 30 minute power nap. They find they are more productive and less incidents of accidents...