A raft of research has existed pretty much since the dawn of mankind that concludes the following:
As a species we don’t always fee this way. When we are small and stupid — during our toddler years — we fight the napping process. We cry and scream and scream some more until we eventually pass out in our cribs and “big kid” beds.
There are those days however, when in the middle of a rather insane meeting about the all important Henderson account you really just need a nap. Some business recognize this and, like Google, have installed napping pods for people to grab a power nap.
Again, evidence regarding the benefits of taking the occasional power nap remains plentiful and still a fair number of “grown-ups” who resist the nap as a sign of weakness. Listen, when even a cartoon tiger espouses the virtue of the cat nap it seems highly flawed to argue against it.
Aside from the power nap, let’s not forget the all important luxury nap.
That is the nap you take just for the sake of taking it. The ‘let the sun beat down on my face’ nap. The ‘thank god for fresh air’ nap. The ‘just because I can’ nap. Next to the power nap beneath your office desk, this is — in my opinion — the greatest form of napping because it sends a message: I’m off the clock.
All you need is a hammock, a patch of grass or a tree limb.
But most of all, I think we can all relate to the escape nap.
Yes, that’s the avoidance nap. The nap you take when you just need a break from the spouse, the kids, the in-laws, the crap that doesn’t make any sense and hell, for that matter, the crazy whole world.
An escape nap is the king of all naps in the sense that it provides a vital psychological and spiritual reset for our very being.
Naps are little rest stops on this road trip called life. Without them, living would be the equivalent of traveling that long stretch of Interstate 95 South on the way to Florida, through the Carolinas without having South of the Border and Pedro to look forward to.
Yea, not my kind of road trip.
No matter how you look at it naps rule. Naps offer opportunities to prepare, recover and restore. Three vital aspects we need to maintain momentum in our daily acts of living.
So, finish reading already and go take a nap.
Part of the Blogging A to Z Challenge