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!