While you may have put off doing it when you were younger, citing lack of time (you could not 'find' 20-30 minute) and all that sort of stuff, now that you've ascended from the salt mine you might reconsider adding the daily nap to your list of must-dos.

You'll find that you're in good company if you decided to start taking a daily nap. (Actually, age has got nothing much to do with the practice of napping, but it's never too late to start.) Other successful nappers included:

  1. Leonardo da Vinci reckoned that, by taking multiple naps during the day he needed less sleep at night.
  2. Napoleon had many indulgences, and the daily nap was just one of them.
  3. Thomas Edison was embarrassed about his napping habit, but he practiced doing it daily.
  4. Eleanor Roosevelt used to boost her energy by napping before speaking engagements.
  5. John F. Kennedy used to eat his lunch in bed before settling in for a nap. He did it every day, if he could.
  6. Winston Churchill's afternoon nap was a non-negotiable, believing that it helped him get twice as much done each day.

Other well-known nappers included; John D. Rockefeller, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Gene Autry, Bruce Small, and my dad Tom Flanagan: you certainly will not be the first to experience the multiple benefits to be derived from napping. Some extra benefits might include some (or all) of these:

  • You'll increase your level of alertness;
  • You'll reduce feeling stressed;
  • You'll feel like you're making a fresh start;
  • You'll gain sensitivity – of sight, hearing, and taste;
  • You'll improve your level of creativity;
  • You'll reduce any risk of heart disease; and
  • You'll feel as if you've increased your productivity.

If you'd like to give napping a go, these tips might help.

  1. Go for consistency by trying to nap at the same time every day.
  2. Keep it short. Avoid that feeling of grogginess and disorientation that can come from awakening from a deep sleep. Set your phone alarm to avoid oversleeping.
  3. Turn off the lights. Darkness communicates a powerful message. If you can not turn off the lights, use a simple eye mask.
  4. Use a blanket (if you can).
  5. Select your favorite place enabling others to appreciate what you're doing.
  6. Change your thinking about naps. People who take them are not lazy. It could be that they're onto something that is well worth trying.