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Leading up to this day, the very busiest of days for me throughout the entire year at work, I’ve had many a run-in with tempting siestas after long days and short nights of brief and interrupted sleep. I shall stand strong and fight back!
Dear Afternoon Siesta,
A while back (a long while back), when I was young, you and I had a pretty exclusive relationship. Every afternoon, we got together for a little song and dance that ended in sleeping for an hour or two to reinvigorate my juices and prepare me for the rest of my day. These days, even though I feel like we’d make a really good match, our relationship has run its course. Midday naps no longer break up my daily calendar of events.
Unfortunately in life, we sometimes grow out of things. My favorite jeans no longer fit. I can no longer pay my monthly bills on just a few hours of babysitting income every other weekend. And afternoon naps do not bode well in my day; my bosses at the office don’t appreciate the break the way my daycare teachers did so many years ago.
Instead of afternoon naps rejuvenating my day, I’ve had to find new avenues to give my day a kick in the pants, some secret weapons. Everyone else in my office reaches for their coffee or energy drink to prepare for battle. That’s not my cup of (caffeinated) tea.
Come mid-afternoon, my eyes occasionally drift off into sleepy land while I sit at my desk. Siesta, I know you’re chasing me hard. You want us to get back together. Honestly, I’d kind of like it too, but it’s just not in the cards right now.
Maybe when I’m 80.
I know I’m an easy target for you, Siesta, a working mom with young babies who doesn’t sleep through the night. I rise to the very top of your pursuit list during this time of year when I’m particularly busy at work dragging long days late in the nights.
To save you time and effort, I suggest you stop wasting your time. When I feel you sneaking in to my office after lunch ready to wreak your heavy-eye havoc, I pop up, and head outside for a breath of fresh air. I wander my way to the Walmart Market just down the street from my office. A couple dollars in hand, I head to the candy aisle and find the perfect chocolate for a sweet little indulgence to help carry me through the mid-afternoon slump that seems to be your witching hour.
Last week, I opted for a Peanut Butter SNICKERS®. I snagged it from the register, paid my dues, and went on my merry way back to my office with a pep in my step and a snack in my hand to reignite the Boss in me that had plans to dominate a handful of Excel files so anxiously awaiting my return. You think on a busy afternoon, sometimes so packed I skipped lunch, that my tired and hungry self might succumb to your sorcery of sweet slumber.
You, Siesta, think a prolonged engagement with Excel might be perfect striking time for swooning me to sleep. To that I say, go pound sand!
Peanut butter and chocolate will fend you off long enough for you to lose interest and leave. By late afternoon, you seem to move on to new targets and leave me to my master number crunching. I do some of my best, most productive work in the evenings. But while I wait you out, I’ll be watching you, Peanut Butter SNICKERS® squares in hand (and maybe even sharing with my co-workers if they so desire).
On occasion, you have nearly gotten the best of me. My eyelids fall slightly, and I begin to doze off. Yet I prevail ultimately, having never fallen entirely into your cozy arms of slumber at my desk. In crunch times, when workloads are heavy and deadlines are tight, I’m not afraid to open up a bag of chocolate armor and duke it out with you to the death (yours, not mine that is).
I know dear Siesta that you’ll be returning. Your visits ebb and flow though I don’t expect you to be gone forever. Know though that I am prepared for your return. I will be ready and waiting, chocolate bars blazing!
A tired working mom
P.S. To all you busy bees out there who also feel haunted by the ghost of siestas past (and maybe present and future), know you’re not alone. You’ve got company staring at your computer screen with half-closed eye lids while you “rest your eyes” even though you’re DEFINITELY in deep contemplation about the most complex of issues you’re ready to tackle with your team, right? Right….??? (No really, we know only your eyes are resting and your brain continues to work hard… uh huh…)
So what’s your verdict? Do you feel pressure from those pesky afternoon naps? How do you fend them off?
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Share your snooze-fest prevention ideas! More sleep doesn’t count because that’s always on my wish list. Ha!