When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. --Proverbs 3:24. How many of you have a family line that when you start to research, you end up staying up day and night working on them? Your spouse comes by and asks you if you're going to eat dinner with the rest of the family. But your reply is, "Just one more page on the census." Before you know it, you hear her finishing up the dinner dishes and she reminds you how to run the microwave so you can warm up your dinner when you're done. Perhaps, it was time two hours ago to close up the shop. Put your family group sheets and pedigree sheets up for the night. Just like in our everyday life, we all need to stop and regroup. Catch your breath. Our hobbies and our everyday life can be overloaded.
While living in European and South American countries, I had to learn to adapt to siesta time. The businesses from 1-3 p.m. close up shop, and their citizens curl up on little mats like kindergartners and catch some zzz's. After 3 p.m., they're open for business. It's amazing how people become kinder and gentler because of it. Think of all the road rage we'd avoid! The last minute blow-up between husband and wife because neither got to bed after eight hours of work, then the home shift comes on. Who pays for this deprivation? Usually the children and their jobs.
In my humble but accurate opinion, naps are an essential cause-pause in the nonstop stress of our day. They are slices of heaven that revive our energy clarity and motivation, our front line of defense against temperament-ravaging fatigue which results in acute nastiness.
Then we have guilt. I took a nap in the middle of the day. Oh no, the guilt has set in! No way. Take the guilt away! Remember, the almighty Father of the universe set the precedent by resting after a strenuous work week. I can imagine Him curling up on a big white fluffy cloud and saying: "Sylvia come over here and rest." Our God never meant for us to keep going a hundred miles per hour all day. He built triggers into our bodies to cue us when it's time to escape consciousness. People that have gone before us were wise; they listened to these cues, such as notable nappers Mother Theresa, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan, to name a few. There's good reason why our eyelids start to droop around midnight. (Sometimes, even doctors forget about the levator muscles that constantly contract to keep our eyelids open while we're awake finally give out and beg for a break. It's just like when our body signals to us that our head, neck, and eyes have been pushed enough, and then your body will slowly shut down. There is also a chemical called adenosine that collects in our brains while we're awake which piles up and makes us feel drowsy. Our bodies yearn for sleep to allow the adenosine to disseminate. The resulting euphoric feeling is like instant relief that comes when we empty our bladders.
We tend to push ourselves to the limits. Just one more hour, and then before you realize it you have written the wrong information down on your research. It is a proven fact that if you take a 30 minute nap a day, you will boost your memory and creativity. Its a proven fact that if you take a 30 minute nap, three times a week, you are one-third less likely to die from heart disease. Believe it or not, this is also a true fact: when you are taking a nap, your brain actually keeps working to solve problems and comes up with new ideas while you are resting. Mozart claimed to have composed music in his dreams.
Even Jesus Himself stole away for a rest break and encouraged His followers to do likewise. So I'm encouraging you to take time out for yourself. Set aside half an hour every day to do your worrying and then take a nap during that period. Your Genealogy will be there when you come back to work on it. A clear mind will help you look at your work, and you will find it much more rewarding.
I welcome all comments, inquires, and suggestions. firstname.lastname@example.org attn: Ms. Sylvia Evans.