Sunday, April 15, 2012

Naps for ALL!

I woke up this morning thinking I was going to write a really great post about cats, but then I took a nap. But not after watching two episodes of Dr. Who on Netflix. (I just started watching it this week, and I'm already hooked.) I'll admit, it was almost difficult to shut off my computer and shut my eyes, but guys, it was worth it.

And it dawned on me:

Why don't we get naps as an adult?

See? This kitten likes naps. Naps are great!--Source

Sure, as children we get naps up through about Kindergarten. But you hit 1st grade and then they cut you off, leaving you to spend your afternoons grouchy all the way through adulthood. It's not until you retire that you get the luxury of regular afternoon naps.


But think about it.

How productive would we be if we all took naps?

Many Latin American countries have regular siesta, where everything shuts down for a few hours at midday. Sure, people work later, but I'm convinced the extra rest during the typical midday slump most people suffer gives them an extra boost of energy.

I don't know about you, but most of the time I feel great after a nap. I can be stressed, grouchy, and unsociable, but after a nap, it's like I'm having the best day ever.

Grown ups are still like small children in many ways. We still want to throw tantrums when we're hungry or tired. If only that were an appropriate response for adults. But give us a proper meal and a nap and everything is rainbows and butterflies and cute puppies and kittens. 

We would all be well-rested, friendly, and far more productive.

It's too bad we're all rushing around, work-obsessed, money-obsessed. We don't take the proper time to relax. If we did, in the long run, everyone would benefit.

It's a win-win situation, really.

Moral of the story: Naps for all!


  1. Too bad I'm incapable of taking naps. Boo! However - isn't The Doctor completely worth having no sleep?

  2. Well, generally, yes, The Doctor is worth having no sleep. (Side note--I made it to the end of Season 1 last night- Holy Crap!)

    BUT even if during the time everyone else is napping you're say, watching Doctor Who, you'll be much more productive after because you'll have relaxed and watched The Doctor right during that time of the afternoon when you don't want to do anything at all.

  3. I'm with Emmy! I love naps in theory but I'm just incapable of taking them.

    Also, I started Doctor Who but was totally unconvinced after two episodes. I hear I have to stick it out a little longer. We'll see.

  4. I nap, like, pretty much every day, even on my lunch break half the time. Closing your eyes for 20 minutes resets everything. I nap in my chair, car, outside at a picnic table. Whatever it takes. I think I've also said or thought every sentiment you have here about the napping philosophy.

    A fellow napper,