So I've gotten into the habit over the years of burning the candle at both ends so to speak, and well, my body does not handle this as well as it once did (darn aging/etc.!). So lately, given that my 'free'ish time has been in the mid afternoon, usually accompanied by things to do and whatnot, but often I'm so very tired at this point that I'm having short naps (whether intentional or not). Laury has given me some good tips that are helping prevent me from being more groggy upon waking than I was when I went to sleep to begin with or otherwise worsen my sleep deficit, but it's still a struggle. I've never been good at napping (was I good at napping as a child? I doubt it somehow, but maybe my parents might know/remember), but I do think that my sleep deficit these days is being helped by the short siestas I've been occasionally indulging in when able. Honestly what with timezones, being incredibly busy and doing so much, I've often not been able to sleep properly and this is only helping.
Not that it's a perfect solution: my naps are often interrupted by phone calls from work or other folks, and there are other issues as well… but I think it's a step forward for my personal health and happiness when I'm not getting enough nighttime shut-eye in particular. 🙂