January 3rd is a day so many of us have been looking forward to all year long (of course the year has only been two days). It’s a day to catch up on sleep you lost over the holidays. A day to sleep in, take a nap, or get 40 winks.
Babies usually sleep up to 11 hours at night and take 2-3 naps a day according to the experts. I am not sure who these experts are but I don’t believe they’ve ever had a baby themselves. So since babies supposedly already sleep between 15-18 hours a day I seriously doubt the holidays had very little affect on their sleep.
Elderly people also sleep more. Sometimes it’s not because they want to, but nature takes over and there you are, sitting in a chair watching television, and all of a sudden, it’s the next morning. This is great for dogs and cats as well, who sleep most days away anyway.
It’s the adult that tends to need to catch up on their sleep. Christmas presents to wrap, parties to go to, and of course, work all cut into those hours we could be sleeping away blissfully. Most adults require between 7-8 hours of sleep a night. When we are running on 4-5 hours a night we tend to lose our sharpness and objectivity. It’s too bad that the 3rd falls on a Tuesday this year and that most of us will be back at work. As I have seen stated, its normally not cool to sleep at work unless you are a mattress tester.
But if you can, sneak in a nap, 40 winks, or sleep the day away like Sleeping Beauty did. Who knows, maybe you’ll be awaken by a Prince or Princess and your life will change forever. If nothing else, you’ll at least feel better for it.
How to celebrate – Take a nap. Sleep in. Learn how to sleep walk so it looks like you are working but really catching a little shut eye.