Day 16 Ramadhan - Step 18 Sufi Ramadhan Secrets and Gems by ~Sajad Ali~
**The Sunnah Qaylula (afternoon nap) and Shaytan doesn't do Qaylula**
In the Month Revive the Sunnah of Qaylula. Have a nap in the middle of the day especially now, my Ramadan tip is a short 5 to 15 minutes Catnap-(which means you close your eyes and rest) or 30mins to 1 hours rest/sleep, this is done at before or Dhuhr-(Which is positive rest for the brain) But Not at 'Asr to Maghrib-(Which is negative rest for the brain, as per hadith)
Myself i do a short Qaylula at work sometimes; But due to hayfever it drains my energy so much, so i do talk a rest Dhuhr time and even at 'Asr but i don't make any niyyah i just rest i don't enjoy it as the above hadith always come to mind,(meaning rest at 'Asr is negative sleep) but when you're extremely tired from this intense heat and the long summer day of fasting and on top have hayfever, for example there isn't much one can do but take a catnap.
One may have to adjust one’s sleep pattern. The Sunnah of sleeping after Zuhr (qaylula), is practised by many to help them re-energise. For workers fasting, the time immediately upon arriving home is ideal. Sleep can also stave off hunger. Just remember to make an intention before flopping down in exhaustion!
The sunnah: to take a nap before or after Dhuhr time; a sunna which our righteous ulema take very seriously, as it is one of the tested means that assist in getting up for night vigil (tahajjud) prayer. It is a nap or rest (even without sleep).
The Qaylulah is a sunnah, it is a nap or rest (even without sleep) taken midday or when the sun is at its peak. It is usually taken before Zhuhr prayer unless the prayer is held early (in the beginning of its time) in which case it may be done afterwards.
Today they call Qaylula-(Power napping) A power nap of just 45 minutes can boost the memory five-fold, according to new research. "Power naps of fewer than 30 minutes—even those as brief as 6 and 10 minutes—restore wakefulness and promote performance and learning"
The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to sleep after Zuhr and he said: “Take an afternoon sleep (qaylula) because Shatyan does not take one.” This practice helps you get up at night for the night prayer (tahajjud). When you take the afternoon rest it literally brings you back to the freshness of the morning. It is like starting the day all over again.
New research has found that young adults who slept for 30 to 90 minutes after lunch raised their learning power, their memory apparently primed to absorb new facts. Thus a nap during the day improves the brain's ability to absorb new information.