Powering through without the power nap
January 30, 2012 10:59 AM Subscribe
How to rest (in the afternoon, after work) without napping?
posted by gakiko to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I come home from my office job (which I like, btw) mentally exhausted and too tired to do anything. Anything = reading a book, working on my hobbies, watching a movie, reading a newspaper, not to mention anything physical like doing chores or exercising. It all seems like. So. Much. Work.
Usually I come home, eat dinner and then browse the internet, until I get a second wind an hour or two later. I then get on with the rest of my planned and unplanned activities.
This leads to me doing stuff way too late in the evening and getting to bed later than would be good for me. I then have problems getting up in the morning and feel even worse the next day. Thus the cycle continues, until the weekend, when a couple of hours of extra sleep and no job to do work wonders for my energy levels.
I would like to shorten this 2-hour period of "battery charging" or at least do something more worthwhile than clicking all over Imgur.
If I do the oldest trick in the book and take a nap, I'm not sleepy in the evening, so I go to bed late and the problem continues. I've tried anything from a 15min nap to 2 hours, same thing. I've tried meditating but I don't think I'm cut out for it (could never do more than 10min).
So, MeFites, what would you recommend to get back to normal after a day at the office? What works for you?
Additional data: I am otherwise reasonably healthy & happy, exercise regularly but not too strenuously (a "light" version of crossfit 2x/week), eat home-cooked food which my Grandma would recognize, and take a multivitamin almost-daily.