In order to get to work on time I have to leave insanely early. My start time is not until 7:30 AM, but depending on what time I leave the commute can take anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour and fifteen or an hour and thirty minutes. The math here does not compute yet the facts remain the same. I only know that in order to hit that perfect “hole” in traffic, I have to leave by 6:15 am (at the latest) or I will be late. Here is where it gets weird – as long as I leave between 6-6:10 AM, I can get to work in about 30 minutes. Putting me in the parking lot at work, down town by 6:45am. Leaving just 10 scant minutes later will add anywhere from 30-45 minutes to that time. It’s the traffic-time continuum and no one understands it.
As long as I get to work by 6:45, I can take a mini nap, or “morning meditation” in my car before work. Hey, laugh all you want, but there is scientific evidence that backs up the “power nap”. Since I am under the 5 year mark here I don’t get to park in the garage- so the naps are limited to when it is nice outside. When it is nice, I can back my car into my spot, put up my sun visors, one in the windshield and the other on the passenger side window. My favored spot is way out in BFE and in a corner against a wall. Between the visors, dark window tint and the wall I have a perfect napping area. I prefer to call my post-commute, pre-work naps my “morning meditation” which helps me gear up for another day in the grey themed cube farm and puts me in a lighter spirit for the day (especially since I can’t seem to go to sleep early enough to score over 6.5- 7 hours of sleep a night).
**Sidenote- I hear GOOGLE (my dream love) has NAP PODS! AND, and….they ENCOURAGE people to use them! Gasp! Clutch the pearls, Ethel!
A little light-hearted research on benefits:
This picture slays me! Looks like a giant nose being picked double fisted. But it has a good article: http://www.extremenaturalhealth.com/the-biggest-brain-benefits-we-can-get-from-napping/
Apparently some people don’t get the idea of CRACKING A DAMN WINDOW and have actually suffocated in their car on their lunch breaks. Idiots. This one came up on Google Image search- because, he sleeps JUST LIKE ME…Except, I think he is dead or supposed to be dead. Death by Lunch Nap!
(Notice lack of sun shades, and cracked windows. Rookie move! Just saying.)