Postcard from the Haskell Strait, Antarctica
Co-ordinated by Craig Stevens, Gabby O’Connor and Katharine Allard
Going live: Saturday 1st February at 4pm (NZST) on AFM 88.3FM, Auckland NZ
You’ll want to be sitting somewhere cosy for our latest postcard: an alluring collage of crystalline, alien sound worlds,…
The art of napping
I heart naps. The ideal time to get that archive in your brain up to scratch; to catch up with all the information you’ve tried to cram in it. A study shown on BBC Breakfast News a few months back advocated children do mental arithmetic before bed, as they were able to solve problems and retain that knowledge better when they could “sleep on it”.
Sleep, in general, supports mental and emotional wellbeing. The more Lynchian your dreams are (if you are able to hit those Z’s) chances are you going through some difficult or challenging things IRL. Don’t go trying to skip out on conscious emotional work by gulping down a bunch of sleeping pills though! Sleep aids and alcohol actually suppress the REM state, which is where your brain does its best work.
Naps can be implemented into your day through a polyphasic sleep schedule. That swell fella Buck Fuller took to methodical napping, reportedly taking 30-minute naps every six hours. The Spanish siesta is probably a safer bet, though most contemporary lifestyles don’t align with that option.
Don’t fret! There are many ways to catch those extra Z’s. The main constraints to consider are time and place. You need be able to both shut off your mind effectively, and to wake without much fuss. Whether you were up all night working, or partying, or worrying, this list should contain an option you can work with:
- The coffee nap: Down a coffee, set your alarm to 30mins and shut your eyes. Coffee will have kicked in when you wake.
- The hydration nap: Down a litre of water and shut your eyes. The need to relieve your bladder will wake you. (If you don’t have time for a nap, keeping well hydrated will help with general cognitive function anyway.)
- The Berroca nap: Same as above, but pop in this effervescing multivitamin. (Bonus: neon urine)
- The integral nap: Whatever your activity, for every 25 minutes of focused action, close your eyes for 5 (Based on the Pomodoro method for productivity).
- The commuter/travel nap: If this is a routine journey your body will learn when it has to wake for you to alight chosen method of transport. Otherwise, have the person next to you give you a nudge, or set an alarm.
- The desk nap: This one can just occur on its own sometimes, much like when you try to work/study in bed. Ideally you want your head resting in your arms, not your face getting all inked up by your to-do list.
- The bath nap: Please be sensible and don’t drown (or get all wrinkly or cold), that’s not a productive way to nap at all. Be safe! Scented candles and bubbles are a good addition.
- The floating in the ocean (or pool) nap: Pick your favourite body-weight-supporting inflatable, cover yourself in sunscreen (if outdoors), stick on the shades. (Again, please be safe.)
- The yoga nap: SHAVASANA-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH…
- The post-internet/new-new-age/vaporwave nap: Youtube has a wealth of meditation videos lasting from a couple of minutes to half a day. With audio clips ranging from recordings of nature, to guided journeys for self-realisation, to the soothing drones and rhythms of reappropriated shamanistic instruments. Some claim using binaural beats will realign your body’s frequencies with the vibrations of the universe…
- The party nap: Find a safe corner, curl up cat-style, and hope that no one trips, vomits, or does that clumsy drunk sex thing on you.
- The sub-base nap: This one might just be the result of being a baby in a buggy left by various PA systems. But it works. Generally, it works better with low BPM.
- The toilet/ changing cubicle nap: Because sometimes you just need to be in a small space, away from it all, even though there’s no escaping it all.
- The David Attenborough nap: …let the Knight’s calming narration of animals feeding on other animals lull you to a safe and restful place.
- The hug nap: Be hugged, or hug, or hug each other. Let your heartbeats sync and sooth each other. If you are unable to lie down, this double napping system is self-supporting.
- The after-sex nap: No more tension = optimum foundation for napping. (Self-love or a good work out are also good prep)
- The during-sex nap: Consent required. Sometimes they want to but you’re kind of exhausted, but it still feels good. (Best position depends on gender combo of the couple -or otherwise, there is no discrimination in the act of a nap)
What’s your ULTIMATE POWER NAP?
(Note: This piece of writing about napping was written instead of taking the nap.)
New Year, new episode
Back in November last year a team, consisting of a field scientist, an artist and an arts producer/writer, set themselves up at a small field camp. The camp was atop of an ice shelf, covering a giant oceanic valve, called the Haskell Strait (77° 55’ S Latitude, 166° 45’ E Longitude,…
UPCOMING|| DEC 5th 2013 | BURN THE BEAT group exhibition / Tlaotlon ‘Overclocked Dimensional Surplus’
5 December, 2013
at Audio Foundation, 4 Poynton Terrace, Auckland CBD
Curated by Chris Cudby
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