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Feeling beat? Happychyk discourses on the phenomenon of early-summer teacher collapse.

Last night I had a conversation with my principal, and come to find out she's been napping every afternoon, too. She's a little surprised by her need for sleep, and that surprised me. I think she's been in education longer than I've been alive, and she's about the hardest working administrator I know. As far as I can tell, her working hours know no boundaries. Surely after all these years she's felt that "Something's gotta give!" that comes in June.
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You mean I'm normal? I'm so relieved to see this posting! It describes me to a T, except that I'm not an administrator. I am, however, a certified work-a-holic as a teacher and my family often chastises me for the countless hours that I typically put in to what I do. Most nights I'm not in bed until 12 or 1, and I'm generally up at 5 a.m. Now that it's summer, I'm sleeping like CRAZY! I slept until 1:30 in the afternoon today, and slept until 2 the other day. Again, I'm relieved to realize that I'm normal.


Don't get me started on naps. Okay, you got me started. I am a member of the USA Olympic Napping Team, some may say I am the captain. I have been taking a snooze of from 10 to 30 minutes, which by the way, learned scientists say, are the best intervals for nappy, since I got back in the biz 20 years ago. I have long had the uncanny ability to "drop off and give me 10" just about anywhere.. the doctors office, church, behind the file cabinet at prep time (I AM prepping, Mr. Principal... for the rest of the day!) I see that some of your readers also have named their siestas... well, my smart-a-- family has dubbed my "daily drift off into the unknown" as "A Tom", even to the point where they say they are "Taking A Tom" on their own time. This nodding off has gained legendary renown within our ranks.
Research proves that the recharge is valuable, so much so that most countries in the world build this into their day. But not the good old USA... it's go go go ... Maybe the reason we have so much drug addiction, anxiety problems, ADHD, heart disease... like I said don't get me started. Yawn. All this typing has made me sleepy. So.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ya.
Tom

I've been working from home for some years because of an inner ear problem which makes you v tired. I'm a lot better than I was but the habit of having a luchtime nap is hard to break! Having a lie down and listening to the radio is relaxing too although technically that's probably not a nap.

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