5 Reasons you Should Start Napping

Sometimes I wish I had a cats life. Not because I am particularly interested in chasing mice, or coughing up hairballs, or because I like the taste of fish. No, it is this soft critters ability to nap that I am envious of. These furry friends are the boss when it comes to napping. And I love a good nap!

I used to work with this guy who would arrive at work looking like he literally just crawled out of bed or from under a rock, poor fella. He constantly had bags under his eyes, his clothes were disheveled as was his hair. He was for lack of a better word… a mess. You see he had 3 children under the age of 3. Yes, you heard that right… the poor bastard.

I remember being very intrigued by his life at my ripe old age of 21. Thinking, is this what real adult life looks like?

One day I asked him, what do you miss the most about before you had children. I fully expected him to say sex, a social life or travel. Something obvious and slightly more significant. But his answer was napping… Napping?

When life began to pick up the pace for me, with work demands, family problems, friends, dating, bills, you know the drill, adult things. I found myself remembering that conversation with my poor ram-shackled ex-coworker and I thought… I must nap!

I still do not have children, I still enjoy a rather selfish life and my thought process may be a bit strange. But with the mindset of taking nothing in life for granted, I began napping more frequently then I would have it had not been for that slightly alarming time working with the “saddest most tired man in the world”.

So at the very  least once a month, I snuggle up on the couch or in bed and check out for 20 minutes to an hour.

Be back later, I am napping.

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1. You Deserve it

Of course, this would be my top reason. You are a hardworking busy person and you deserve to take 20-30 minutes to yourself to rest up when you feel like it. Just as getting a massage or buying something you love is a way you may pamper yourself so to should be taking a nap. Everyone deserves a little break.

2. Decreases Stress

Life sucks sometimes, people get into arguments, your boss may have ruined your day, you are late on your bills. The shit list can go on and on Checking out for a short while to take a nap when stress creeps in can help immediately relieve the stress. Yes, the problems may still be there when you wake up, but I guarantee the intensity of the stress felt will have decreased.

3. Restores Alertness

This may be obvious but no less important to remember. Human beings are among the only living creatures that sleep all in one shot. Weird right?

The only real reason that we developed that way is because at one point we were sort of afraid of the dark, unable to do anything outside of the comfort of our cozy caves. Did you sleep for your 8 hours last night? Yes? And you’re still a zombie? Then you may need to just take a pick me up nap and refresh yourself. Sometimes we just need it.

Take some advice from you cat, or dog, or hamster. They know what’s up.

4. Improves Memory

From this article broadcasting new research done on napping, we can finally scientifically prove the correlation between memory and taking a nap. Professor Axel Mecklinger a scientist from Saarland University in Germany said: “a nap of just 45 minutes to an hour ‘produces a five-fold improvement in information retrieval from memory”. Need I say more?

5. Increases Creativity

Remember all the stress and all those problems? Well, napping could provide you with some unorthodox solutions subconsciously and you might not even know it is happening. In a study done by The Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging at Georgetown University, it was found that while we are sleeping the right hemisphere of the brain is significantly more active, firing off messages to the left side of our brains.

The significance? Well, roughly 95% of the general population is right-handed, making the normal brain function of the brainless prominent and quite different than this during waking hours.

So long story short, sleeping and napping changes the function of the brain, changing our thoughts and processes. Proving that sometimes we will wake with new ideas and solutions is not just an assumption, it really does and can happen.


So take a nap! If the reasons above are not enough of an excuse for you to do so, then just think of my poor old co-worker mentioned earlier. Enjoy the simple things in life and take care of yourself.

Are you going to take a nap today?

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41 COMMENTS

  1. Created by RCW | 18th Nov 15

    #6: Keeps people from killing you because you’ve turned into a giant pile of snarky! (maybe that’s just me)

  2. Solveig | 18th Nov 15

    Love this 😉
    I nap at times with my daughter. Sometimes, actually almost once a week we do a family nap on the weekend, so we all sleep. It does so much good 🙂

  3. pursuitofanewadventure | 18th Nov 15

    I loved kindergarten.

  4. nugget59 | 18th Nov 15

    Naps are my friends. This time of year I have a terrible time napping though because I can’t get my feet warm in the middle of the day – if my feet are like ice blocks, I can’t sleep. Thank goodness for hot water bottles. Like this post very much.

    • StephJ | 18th Nov 15

      Thank you. You are right, this time of year the need for a warm toasty bed and blanket seems to be magnified.

  5. chape | 18th Nov 15

    Yes, I took a nap today, It was wonderful, thanks for asking 🙂

  6. Elisha | 19th Nov 15

    Loved this!!!

    • StephJ | 19th Nov 15

      I am glad you enjoyed. Thanks!

  7. lipstickonthelake | 19th Nov 15

    I love this! I really need to start napping… I think it would definitely help my work related stress levels!

    • StephJ | 19th Nov 15

      For sure! Let me know how it goes 🙂

  8. StylewithChris | 19th Nov 15

    Funny thing my naps always turn into a deep full sleep nowadays.

    • StephJ | 19th Nov 15

      I find when I try to “nap” and I end up sleeping for way longer I wake up being super cranky and feeling off. No more than an hour seems to be key! haha

  9. Simply Vanella | 19th Nov 15

    I take a short nap everyday…just a bit of “me” time to unwind..

    • StephJ | 19th Nov 15

      That is amazing! Do you notice any of the benefits mentioned?

      • Simply Vanella | 20th Nov 15

        I do! A short nap in the afternoon, just kind of revives my energy for the rest of the day. And Sundays? Sunday is long nap day for both me and the hubs!!

        • StephJ | 20th Nov 15

          That sounds amazing! Since I have written this post I still have not taken a nap. The term practice what you preach is coming to my mind.

  10. Lynz Real Cooking | 19th Nov 15

    Naps are lovely!! 🙂

  11. Richard Schulte | 19th Nov 15

    Naps…that’s one of my favorite subjects!

  12. Kaitlyn | 19th Nov 15

    Love it!!! Some good quality “me time” is the best! Gotta love it:)

  13. thelonelyauthorblog | 19th Nov 15

    Great reasons. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Random Bajan13K Guy-Servant (randomgs), `teh | 19th Nov 15

    Reblogged this on Kool Kenatro (Bajan13K) and commented:
    Five great reasons to nap, backed by science and sound reason.

  15. khansana1000 | 20th Nov 15

    I cannot take a nap, for me it always turned into sleep of 2-3 hours ! I hit my bedroom when my eyes are almost shutting off and cannot read from my screen anymore !

    • StephJ | 20th Nov 15

      That happens to me also! I always try and remember to set an alarm before taking a nap because if I don’t I might just end up sleeping forever!

  16. simplygailg | 23rd Nov 15

    If only there were more hours in the day, I would definitely take up napping. I remember those days and I was soooo good at it. Now, my husband deals with the kids weekend mornings and I sleep in. I call that a win-win. Well, maybe win for me but he’s an early riser so yes, I would call it a win-win. 😉 Great post!

  17. Manchester Flick Chick (Chrissie) | 27th Nov 15

    I have an auto immune disease and having a nap makes such a huge difference to my memory, concentration, productivity and my mood. Quickest way for anyone to go from apathetic to enthusiastic about the afternoon is to have a little nap :o) I think that offices should have a quiet room with a bed/long sofa that you can occupy for 30 minutes.

  18. wisewoodpidgeon | 6th Dec 15

    Awesome post – love it. Please remind me of this in another few weeks – I get forgetful and this is an important posts to remember 🙂

  19. Cupcakes & Caviar | 10th Dec 15

    I LOVE napping! lol and I’m constantly trying to convince my husband of the benefits of napping (hes anti-nap) so im going to forward him this article 🙂 Good post!

    • StephJ | 10th Dec 15

      Glad you like it, I hope this changes his mind and he starts to indulge in the benefits 🙂

  20. kirstyhoggons | 4th Sep 16

    Unfortunately I can only take naps when I have a migraine. If I nap during the day I can’t sleep at night…and I already have problems sleeping haha! But I love this post!

    • StephJ | 4th Sep 16

      haha, oh dear well I guess napping is not for you. I am happy you enjoyed the post all the same. Sometimes I cant nap either because it may hider me from sleeping. But when I do get to have a good nap I feel so wonderful 🙂

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  24. Diana Frajman | 10th Aug 17

    My boss and me were just yesterday wistfully dreaming about virtues of a good afternoon nap. I for one am a devout follower of the practise.

  25. afternoonofsundries | 10th Aug 17

    Mmmmm naps… I nap everyday during the summer because I do deserve it. I make up for it during the school year when I am up late or stay after with students 😊

    • stephaniewp | 14th Aug 17

      Yes exactly! Summer naps are the best! Especially on a rainy summers day. 🙂

  26. hotmessmemoir | 11th Aug 17

    I would kill to be a napper! I just can’t turn off my to do list!

    • stephaniewp | 14th Aug 17

      I know it is hard! BUT soooo worth it 🙂

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