I’ve been taking too many naps lately... I need to start on caffeine or something. Talk to you all later. Peace.
I never intentionally take afternoon naps, though I sometimes (rarely) become tired and just pass out at about five o’clock (more on this later.) This happened more a year or three ago—I have been pretty good lately.
Some bashfully non-scientific** notes:
- You can become dependent on caffeine.
- I read somewhere that the afternoon sleepies are like a sugar crash, except it is from the complex carbohydrates in your lunch instead of from simple sugars in candy, so it takes a longer time to realize. A banana fights this.
- Any sort of exercise will get oxygen running through you. Ideally, one would play ultimate after school, but this can be as little as getting up and swinging your arms about a bit if the only desired effect is alertness.
- Go to sleep earlier! You may think that you don’t need much sleep, which is true if you just need to stay up one night and make it through your next day, but if you go to sleep late every day for a few weeks, you will be sleepy in the afternoon. If you’re getting microsleep before 10–11 PM, you’re probably spending too much time on AIM in the wee hours.
I promised information on the passing out. This generally occurs in the room in my house directly above the boiler room. If I keep the door and windows closed, it get’s quite hot, and I start microsleeping. Before I know it, I’m gone. If you notice a similar effect, try moving your operations in the short term, and sleeping more at night in the long term.
** I have no studies supporting what I said. It is a collection of things I picked up here and there and my own observations of myself when I don’t sleep and exercise enough.