I am a champion napper. No cat naps or lunchtime siestas over here. If I lay down for a nap, it’s a 2-3 hour time investment. And it’s in your best interest not to wake me up before I hit the two-hour mark. I’m not one of those nappers who can fall asleep anywhere, though. The conditions have to be just right. I need pillows, blankets, air conditioning, and relative darkness.
Given the duration of my perfect nap, you’d think it would hinder my nighttime sleep. Not the case. I can get eight blissful hours of sleep shortly after a nap and I can note a handful of occasions where a late afternoon nap segued into a full night’s sleep. (In fact, on my recent trip to Scottsdale, I laid down at five o’clock thinking I’d go out for a late dinner and ended up ordering room service for breakfast the next morning. Oops.)
The benefits of napping are well documented, and this recent NYT article (which is really about vacations — another passion of mine) has some interesting information in regards to work-rest ratios and productivity. Regardless of the benefits, being a working adult unfortunately prohibits regular napping, but I do take advantage on the weekends and consider a Sunday without a nap to be a wasted opportunity.
Are you a napper? A cat napper or a deep sleeper? What’s your ideal napping environment?