Thursday, January 03, 2013


40 winks.

A catnap.

A snooze.

A brainbreak.

Whatever you call them (and I'd love to know what you do call them, by the way - when you like naps as much as I do, vocabulary is power), aren't they fab?

I can think of few things I enjoy more than a 15- or 30-minute drift off in the afternoon.  Whether it's a snooze after a few chapters of a challenging book, a powernap at your desk after the 18th essay on Henry II, a disconap between a long day at work and an evening out, or just a little top up sleep after a long walk in the cold, I just love the luxury of a few extra minutes of rest.  Maybe it's the hours I keep (up at 5, bed at 11), maybe it's my age, maybe it's my inner lazy person revelling in the sheer decadence of a half-hour not spent working, socialising, reading or improving oneself.  But I love it.

I think part of the joy is also because, in my new 'let's try and gain pounds (£) while losing pounds (lbs)' regime, it's the perfect kind of activity (right up there with walking & using our home gym) - doesn't cost a thing, and at worst doesn't cause weight gain, and according to some studies may even help with weight loss (hey, at the very least it's time away from snack temptations!).

So that's my little love letter to naps.  Do you nap?  Are you pro or anti?  Or are you of the school that thinks naps are for kids?

Nothing but the keenest debate here, friends. ;)


  1. I love sleep but can't nap these days without it stopping me from getting my sleep at night so it is saved for holidays only. In ym early twenties I was pro massive naps on Saturday afternoons though. They were pretty good.


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