Fighting the need for an afternoon nap?

Fighting the need for an afternoon nap?

Moderate post-lunch napping is tied to better cognition in older adults, according to a study published online Dec. 20 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society:

So if your CLL fatigue is making it difficult to get through the afternoon and you can catch up on some well needed rest, do so comforted by this news that your thinking is likely to be clearer after a moderate nap.


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  • What is the shortest effective post-lunch "Food Coma" nap one should take for those of us ducking out of the office? 30 minutes?

  • I find a 10 min horizontal life pause refreshes me and a longer sleep can make me feel sluggish. I know for some CLL'ers, fatigue can knock them out for hours.

    I call my short interludes Zestless Zonks!

    Glad to hear they're good for me though!


  • Zestless Zonks! Excellent!

  • Do we take the brisk walk before or after?

    Great photo Neil. What is the flower.


  • If awake enough and not too fatigued, take a brisk walk before and you may not need a nap - well that's my experience.

    Sorry, for once I can't help you with the flower name :(

  • My experience also... my doctor suggested that rather than nap, take brisk 30 minute walk... sounded crazy, but it has made a difference in my pre-treatment fatigue...


  • My guess.. Angel's Trumpet

    Brugmansia is a genus of seven species of flowering plants in the family Solanaceae, also called the “nightshades”. Their large, fragrant flowers give them their common name: angel’s trumpet. This name is sometimes also used for the species in the closely related genus, Datura. Members of the two genus are quite similar. The main difference is, that while Datura plants’ flowers are erect, Brugmansia flowers are pendulous.

    Brugmansia species are originally native to the tropical regions of South America. However, nowadays they are grown as ornamental container plants worldwide and had been “naturalised” in tropical regions around the globe. Including: North America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

  • I think the flower is the flower of the trumpet vine. Probably a hybrid but it's just a guess.

  • Why fight it? 😴😴😴😴

  • Uttered by a fatigued CLL'er;

    'I need a nap and when I say a nap, I mean a small coma from which I'll wake needing a nap!'


  • This makes me remember that thirty years ago I started taking 30 minute naps during my lunch hour, in my car under a tree. Makes me wonder how long the CLL has been affecting me, even though I was diagnosed less than 6 years ago.

  • I don't know about after lunch, I fight to keep my eyes open mid evening... fed up with rewinding the tv to see what I missed!

  • Holly,

    You haven't missed a thing. 😆


  • Yes, you are quite right, most stuff on TV is rubbish except a great programme last Saturday on BBC2 about the Imperial War Museum which has reached 100 years old. Really worth watching (UK).

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