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So, apparently sleepy people blame everyone else for everything.  There have been numerous reports about how USians (I don’t really like the term “Americans” and it’s longer too) are sleep deprived.  The pharmaceutical industry seems pretty convinced that we’re a nation of sleep-deprived zombies (and may be making us such too).  It’s pretty well known that sleep deprivation leads to irritability and moodiness.  But apparently, sleep deprivation also causes you think “counterfactually.”  It causes people to ponder how things could have been better and may cause them to be more prone blaming other and revenge.  This…obviously could be a problem.  Um…I think I’m rather prone to blaming other people.  I mean, I blame myself too…I just blame other people more.  Obviously, I’m generally (read: always) correct about everything.  Obviously.

Anyway, it seems to me that a form of anger management could just be sleeping more.  Of course, people can just say that they’ll go to bed earlier and such, but does it ever really happen?  Probably not.  It would be pretty hard to enforce an earlier bed time anyway.  So, how about napping (but not zoymbing).  A lot of us are working or at school in the middle of the day, what if we just declared the hour after lunch as an hour for napping?  You wouldn’t be allowed to do work and such then.  Maybe Spain and the Latin cultures have something there.  They’re pretty well known for taking siestas in the middle of the day.  Some Asian countries are also known to encourage employees to take a short nap after lunch.  Perhaps the US should do that too.  I think I could get behind that.  But nothing too extreme.  I mean, I don’t think work should somehow cause me to feel lazy.  And I normally have a lot of stuff to do after work too, so I wouldn’t want to get out of work too late.

Hmm…all this talk of sleep deprivation and napping is making me sleepy.  Maybe I’ll go take a nap.  Excuse me…

First post!  And the topic ends up being…napping!

I had a friend recently ask me whether or not a three-hour nap could indeed be counted as a nap.  Well, I guess.  It would be a really long nap.  But at the same time, it can’t be counted as a sleep, because I would say the lower threshold for a sleep is about five hours…maybe four (i.e. you can say that you only got five hours of sleep last night and everyone will feel sorry for you and offer to buy you some coffee).  The upper threshold of a nap probably is better placed at ninety minutes or so.  That way you get to complete a full sleep cycle (http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/naps/).  So what do you call that nebulous region of sleeping between ninety minutes and five hours?

I propose a new term to define sleeping from ninety minutes to five hours.  I will call it zoymbing.

zoymb verb \zoimb\
zoymbed | zoymb – ing

: to sleep between approximately ninety minutes to five hours during the day

not to be confused with nap

Why?  No particular reason.  I just like the sound and spelling of the word.  Feel free to suggest your own.  But anyway, I would like to put forth that I really dislike it when I zoymb.  It’s actually one of the reason I try not to nap because napping often leads to zoymbing for me.  Zoymbing can ruin a perfectly good afternoon because when you wake up you have to break free of sleep inertia, deal with the fact that you slept for a whole afternoon and maybe into the evening, deal with being unproductive, figure out how you’re going to get to sleep so you can get up like a normal, functioning, productive member of society (or semblance of) the next morning, etc etc.  There’s so much baggage that goes along with zoymbing.  I don’t really think it’s worth it for most occasions.  If you’re going to zoymb, you might as well just sleep early (and then the next day you can brag to all your friends that you got to sleep for ten hours last night and they will all be jealous).

Nod.