Expanding Quality Time (Through Rest) Journal #10, 03-12-2023

The power of a nap

It’s a beautiful day. Daylight saving time has thus far been a nominal reality, with weather having the greatest effect on disposition (and the alarm clock’s absence, of course, on this day of rest). Still, there is some debate as to the need for time changes in our digital age. It seems that an hour taken (and given) once per year is no big thing. But in thinking of time . . . and clocks, I say:

Daylight saving time
not for the aging
whose symptoms rise to
end days early.

Sunshine—legs crawling
no matter where or
how lit: keep moving . . .   
confusing the need

One way to beat it
Make two days of one
Longer days→ naptime

Sundowning early
starts in our 30s!

Sundowning can be severe, and is usually associated with an onset of dementia in the elderly. However, sundowning is also attributed merely to upset in one’s biological clock and can create or upset states of anxiety through discomfort or confusion (also exacerbating the sundowning states in those with dementia).

Because sundowning has also been associated with one’s daily needs not being met, the identification and satisfaction of one’s needs (hunger, thirst, rest, activity, light levels, etc.) can help to remedy discomfort, whether one be old or young in age.

Rest for the Weary

A simple, short nap upon recognition of debilitating symptoms (that only sleep will abate) can add quality evening time that one wouldn’t otherwise enjoy.

At the same time, it’s notable that to relieve symptoms of sundowning in those with dementia, only the shortest naps are recommended (lest interfere with ability to rest at nightfall).

*Personal experiences are varied and anecdotal.

Featured spring forward photo by Jernej Furman, via Flickr (CC BY 4.0)


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