To nap, perhaps to dream…

“I talk of dreams, which are the children of an idle brain.” ~ Romeo & Juliet

I realize that my ability to sleep when I want to is a blessing. I hear so many friends lamenting the fact that they don’t get enough sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7 – 9 hours a night.

So here is the Epworth Sleepiness Scale test. I scored a 5 which was labeled normal. The institute recommends: Take this assessment, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, to see if you are too sleepy. Doctors use this routinely to test sleepiness levels. If you rate “sleepy” on this scale, we recommend that you speak with your physician about it.

Think about the movie Groundhog Day where Bill Murray is forced to live the same day, over and over, until he gets it right.

Given a chance, what would you change about your life? Would you have become a professional musician no matter what the pay, risks, chasing after the perfect D blues solo? Or would you major in business and chase the almighty dollar, two car, house in the suburbs dream? Sorry, I don’t have the answer. But guess what? We do have the chance to decide how you will spend the rest of your life. Don’t we…

That said, I will admit to loving a good nap. I usually only get to enjoy a nap on the weekends, and then only one or two as the weekends are typically jammed with all the things I didn’t get done during the work week. The neat thing about naps is that since I rarely reach the deep REM sleep, I remember my dreams; my dreams often look like this:


Picture from the Gallery

Fanciful, erotic, scary, or just panic city, I don’t get to choose what I dream about. But do sometimes try to figure out why I dreamed about something. In this dream, I would wonder who trapped the fairy? Who is the fairy? Is there money in captured fairies? What is my part in this dream; am I the trapper or the fairy.

People often laugh we I admit to loving a good nap. And many times, they agree with me; a good nap can be as good as anything we do. Don’t get me wrong. I get goose bumps from a great performance in music, theater, or certain nice things that happen in life. You live for those moments.

I drool at a great salmon, salivating at the presentation, smell, and anticipation. And don’t *even* get me talking about how I feel when I see a beautiful, smart person, old or young, thin or fat. But those moments can be far apart. In my dreams, they come much more frequently.

There is too much to do in life. Getting enough sleep can be a challenge on a number of levels. But when you get a chance, grab it take a nap, perhaps to dream. Maybe we’ll meet in our dreams.

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra) a GOLD sax quartet, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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5 Responses to To nap, perhaps to dream…

  1. robincoyle says:

    I forgot how cute that movie is! It is going on my Netfix queue!

  2. Gandalfe says:

    I was thinking the same thing, ‘cept I have it in my library somewhere…

  3. I sleep dreadfully much of the time, and I can’t nap. (Have tried; can’t.) That said, I remember most of my dreams and consider myself very lucky that I do!

    (But mine don’t look like yours… I’m often writing in my dreams actually… and a few other things. In good shoes, of course.)


  4. Tina says:

    I scored a 4.

    I used to have trouble sleeping at night, but then I quit my job and started working for myself. Haven’t had a problem since. You’d think the stress of not knowing where your next paycheck is coming from would be a problem… but apparently (at least in my case) that stress is not nearly as bad as the stress of trying to figure out what the boss wants.

    It pisses other people off, that I can drop off to sleep within 5 minutes of hitting the pillow – and not wake up for 7-8 hours, consistently.

    Not sure about dreams… most of the time all I remember is a feeling, no visuals.

  5. Gandalfe says:

    @Wolfie, in good shoes got me to chuckle. You and my friend Molly are the shoe luvers.

    @Tina, we should enjoy this ability to nod off as it could go away at anytime.

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