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Lean Back and Blame the Turkey

November 30, 1999|By KRISTIN WILSON

kristinw@herald-mail.com

It's 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

You've just consumed enough food to fuel your body for three days.

So what's next? A brisk walk through the neighborhood? An embarrassing attempt to compete with a 15-year-old at the high-energy video game "Dance Dance Revolution"?

Nah. It's nap time.

Across the country, thousands, if not millions of people, will be taking a respite before, after or, in some cases, during America's holiday meal.

Whether you traveled throughout the night to be with family or it seems as if someone spiked the turkey with extra tryptophan, for some there is nothing more enjoyable than tipping that easy chair back and checking out for a good half-hour nap.

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And those deep in REM sleep should not be given grief by friends or loved ones. A nap can be the thing for a satisfying Thanksgiving experience. Here are some reasons:

For many people, a Thursday afternoon nap is a fantasy. Remember all those afternoons you dreamed of curling up under your desk at work or school? Thanksgiving is one of the few Thursday afternoons that dream can come true. Enjoy.

A Thanksgiving Day nap will help you get ready for Black Friday shopping. Be aware that early-bird shopping specials followed by Thanksgiving leftovers almost guarantees another nap later in the day Friday.

A quality power nap will help give you a boost of energy to tackle the piles of post-Thanksgiving dinner dishes waiting in the kitchen.

Think of napping as a digestive tool. The average 150-pound person burns 60 calories per hour of sleep, according to online medical Web sites. That's not much, but enough to make room for another piece of pie when you wake up.

Use napping as an evasive maneuver. Maybe you just can't stomach watching football again this Thanksgiving. Or maybe you want to avoid hearing about your relatives' most recent surgeries. Whatever the reason, tucking in for a nap can provide a quick getaway.

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