Ok, that was actually a joke, but in all seriousness, today’s blog really does have a cat… in the title. To be perfectly clear, by “catnap,” I mean a quick 20-30 minute nap in the middle (ish) of the day. For one reason or another, it almost always seems as if we are running on fumes. We could blame it on loud neighbors, the burrito that kept you up with heartburn, or the cup of coffee that was supposedly decaf. So we all complain about being tired or exhausted and then just keep on chugging on, almost as if taking a nap was some kind of sin.
Throw that crazy concept out the window, my friend. Even Harvard University has done a study on naps and found that they were beneficial for your memory and creative thinking. You’d also be in the company of Thomas Edison who just so happened to be a napper, as were Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, JFK and Ronald Reagan. I know I know you may be thinking, “Napping? I’m not in Kindergarden anymore. I don’t need to take a nap!” It’s true that pretty much all the research studies on napping are for young kids just starting school, but what’s to say that naps lose their ability to help you once you reach the ripe old age of 6? That’s ridiculous!
I don’t always take naps, but when I do I generally feel better, get more done, and even have an easier time falling asleep at night. That last statement is really saying something coming from an insomniac that has been known to see two sunsets in a row before falling asleep. Is the proof 100% conclusive that if you take a nap you will be more creative or improve your memory? No, but it also couldn’t hurt, and there are places across the world that still takes time out of each day for a little nap. Perhaps we should all just sleep on it.