Day 28: Napping Makes You Stronger

It is unbelievable how tiring traveling can be. It is deceptively exhausting. Because even though you are enjoying yourself, your body is expending a lot of energy on getting from point A to point B. Because there is so much going on throughout the day, you don’t realize that you’re tired. The other challenge when traveling is that you’re sleeping in an unfamiliar place. No matter how cozy your hostel room is, it takes some time to get used to the particular mattresses, the massive pillows, and the lack of sheets. This whole process of getting acclimated to a bed can take up nearly 30 minutes of your rest time. Even if you’re are completely comfortable in a hostel room, you’re room mates may be up at all hours of the nights rustling plastic bags and slamming doors. But like any problem on our trip, we found a solution.

9 out of 10 train rides the two of us take naps. It’s the only logical thing to do when you’re on a train for hours and have nothing else to do. Why not catch up on all of the rest that we’ve been missing out on?

As a diabetic, rest is super important. Health experts say that sleep deprivation can lead to a lack of absorption of insulin. Losing sleep puts a lot of stress on the body and can make your glucose readings spike. I can say first hand that the days of this trip where my blood sugar was the highest were the ones where I had lost the most sleep the night before.

So when you’re abroad take naps. There’s not a whole lot you can do on a train anyways (besides snapping photos of the person napping next to you). In the end, napping will help keep your readings under control and make you stronger for the journey ahead.

Ariana: Photographer- James Bobak

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