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Catching shuteye has been a guilty pleasure of medical professionals in the hospital. Forty winks feel like a million bucks for me whenever I get that ever-elusive power nap, especially during my clerkship/ internship years. No amount of java can simply mimic the added bounce to the step that napping brings. However, catching those naps has its consequences. I remember a memorable story about getting caught napping as if it happened earlier. I was from a 30-hour shift during clerkship when we were summoned into the conference room to discuss a case. Since my duty load was heavy the previous shift, my eyelids could just not stay open. Eventually I dozed off until I felt a violent tap on my back. It was my seatmate telling me to go into the podium because the moderator saw me dozing off. My forehead still showed evidence of power napping when the doctor asked me a question about losing potassium during vomiting. I answered the question calmly and smiled. Lo and behold, I received the stare of disappointment for a full ten seconds from the moderator. Then, she proceeded to tell me that it was the same exact answer that my classmate gave a good minute ago. My face turned red in an instant and whatever pick me-upper that power nap provided was suddenly gone. Of course, I got a good ribbing (and still do) from my friends whenever this moment comes up.
To the MIMS community, what is your memorable power nap story?