An idea to nap on

Merlin Mann says he’s met an astonishing number of people who can’t bring themselves to take naps during the day.

He’s never met me.

I don’t need a guide and software is unnecessary. TV on, TV off; it doesn’t matter. I try not to nap when I’m driving.

But I’m glad Mann’s often evangelizing the “transformative power” of a quick nap. Makes me think I’m onto something instead of a slacker.

Wikipedia finds a difference between a power nap and a catnap. Seems to me you awake refreshed and recharged from either. Something to dream upon.

Despite feeling groggy around 2 every day, I don’t get to nap — power, cat or otherwise — at work. But there are some famous people who regularly napped. I found this list:

* Winston Churchill – said he needed his afternoon nap to cope with his responsibilities.
* Thomas Edison attributed his tremendous amount of energy to sleeping whenever he wanted to.
* John D. Rockefeller took a nap every afternoon in his office.
* Eleanor Roosevelt was known to take a nap before a speaking engagement.
* William J. Clinton retired to his private quarters every afternoon at 3:00 for a 30-minute nap.
* Connie Mack took a nap before every game.
* Gene Autry used to take an hour nap in his dressing room between performances.
* Ronald Reagan has the ultimate napping reputation even though his wife denies that he had a napping habit.

And Mann point to a great infographic on Based on it, I’m a lark.

And Lifehacker says “You snooze, you gain.”

Do you regularly nap?


  1. One of the only reasons to get out of bed in the morning is to make the afternoon nap more enjoyable.
    Seriously, I was asked once in an interview what single I would change about every job I’d ever had. My answer was that I’d have a scheduled nap time after lunch. I got the job.
    Isn’t it funny that we hated them so much in kindergarten but love them so much now?

  2. I’ve been asking you for 3 years now to let me have throw pillows under my desk so I can nap during lunch hour. You’re just NOW seeing the benefits of naptime? Do you forget the sleeping JackL video I have?

  3. Jack, I don’t take naps @ work, but I have no doubt it would help my body. My feelings on the topic range from worrying it would be frowned upon to what I do with my lunch hour is my decision. Alas, I’ve never even attempted a work nap.

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