5 Reasons Why You Should Take a Nap Every Day

I am a habitual nap-taker. I take one almost every day and have for years. I used to feel a little guilty about it—like I was slacking off or something. Then Sam Moore, my predecessor at Thomas Nelson, admitted to me he too was a napper.

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“Every day after lunch, I lie down on the sofa in my office,” he recounted. “I hold my car keys in my right hand and let my hand hang toward the floor. When the car keys fall out of my hand, I know I’m done.” (Evidently, the famous artist Salvador Dali had a similar practice.)

Napping Celebrities

Then I discovered many other successful people who were nappers:

  • Leonardo da Vinci took multiple naps a day and slept less at night.
  • The French Emperor Napoleon was not shy about taking naps. He indulged daily.
  • Though Thomas Edison was embarrassed about his napping habit, he also practiced his ritual daily.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, used to boost her energy by napping before speaking engagements.
  • Gene Autry, “the Singing Cowboy,” routinely took naps in his dressing room between performances.
  • President John F. Kennedy ate his lunch in bed and then settled in for a nap—every day!
  • Oil industrialist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller napped every afternoon in his office.
  • Winston Churchill’s afternoon nap was a non-negotiable. He believed it helped him get twice as much done each day.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson took a nap every afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in order to break his day up into “two shifts.”
  • Though criticized for it, President Ronald Reagan famously took naps as well.

Could these successful leaders know something you don’t?

Napping Benefits

I suggest you seriously consider taking a daily nap for the following five reasons:

  1. A nap restores alertness. The National Sleep Foundation recommends a short nap of 20–30 minutes “for improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep.”
  2. A nap prevents burnout. In our always-on culture, we go, go, go. However, we were not meant to race without rest. Doing so leads to stress, frustration, and burnout. Taking a nap is like a system reboot. It relieves stress and gives you a fresh start.
  3. A nap heightens sensory perception. According to Dr. Sandra C. Mednick, author of Take a Nap, Change Your Life, napping can restore the sensitivity of sight, hearing, and taste. Napping also improves your creativity by relaxing your mind and allowing new associations to form in it.
  4. A nap reduces the risk of heart disease. Did you know those who take a midday siesta at least three times a week are 37 percent less likely to die of heart disease? Working men are 64 percent less likely! It’s true, according to a 2007 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Dimitrios Trichopoulos, of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, who led the study said, “Taking a nap could turn out to be an important weapon in the fight against coronary mortality.”
  5. A nap makes you more productive. Numerous medical studies have shown workers becoming increasingly unproductive as the day wears on. But a 2002 Harvard University study demonstrated a 30-minute nap boosted the performance of workers, returning their productivity to beginning-of-the-day levels.

Napping Tips

I typically take a 20-minute right after lunch. If I can’t do it then, I try to squeeze it in before 4:00 p.m.

While working in a motor shop in college, I would eat lunch in my car and then lie down in the back seat. When I was CEO at Thomas Nelson, I napped in a “zero gravity chair” that reclined to a horizontal position. Since I now work from my home, I retreat to my bedroom and lie down in my bed.

Here are a few practices I have found helpful.

  1. Be consistent. Try to nap at the same time every day. This helps stabilize your circadian rhythms and maximize the benefits.
  2. Keep it short. Avoid “sleep inertia,” that feeling of grogginess and disorientation that can come from awakening from a deep sleep. Long naps can also negatively impact nighttime sleep. I recommend 20–30 minutes. Set an alarm on your phone to avoid oversleeping.
  3. Turn off the lights. Light acts as a cue for our bodies. Darkness communicates it is time to shut down—or go into standby mode. If you can’t turn off the lights, use a simple eye mask. I bought mine at Walgreens. Turn the lights back up to full brightness when you wake up.
  4. Use a blanket. When you sleep, your metabolism falls, your breathing rate slows, and your body temperature drops slightly. Though not imperative, you will usually be more comfortable if you use a light blanket when you nap.
  5. Be discreet. Getting caught napping at your desk is not a good way to earn respect. In some old-school environments, it might even get you fired! But most people get an hour for lunch. Eat in half that time and then go snooze in your car, an unused conference room, or even a closet.

Finally, shift your own thinking about naps. People who take them are not lazy. They might just be the smartest, most productive people you know.

Question: Are you a napper? Why or why not? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    Napping?  I love a Sunday afternoon siesta, but I have trouble imagining that I could make it a routine at my current job.  I would definitely have to go to the car or to a local park.

    Do I think it’s a good idea?  I guess, but I had never considered all the benefits that you listed above.  Thanks for putting new ideas in my head!

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

       Jon, knowing you go to the workplace (as opposed to my staying home to work), I’ll be curious to hear if you are able to nap and what the results are for you.

      • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

        Honestly, I don’t know how I could make this a reality at this point.  I’ll keep you posted though.

  • http://runningwithhorses.wordpress.com/ Steve Hawkins

    I enjoy a Saturday or Sunday nap on occasion, but I would have concerns about napping during the workday. Driving to a park for a short siesta may work. But on a hot day, how would you maintain personal safety with the windows rolled down?

    Instead, I would adjust my sleep schedule until I didn’t feel like I needed a nap. 

    • Jnsyr

      I often eat lunch in my car while at a park. Keep the air conditioner on–it doesn’t use that much of your gasoline. My driver’s seat reclines flat, and I have napped once or twice. I may try it more often!

      • Maha Maya

        Sleeping in car is not moving and keep air conditioner on is very dangerous and cause death . The best way take nap in your work place or if you want to sleep in car make sure you open windows .

        • Michael leng

          Agree with Maha Maya, I have heard that there was some one die cause breathing Carbon monoxide, which it is substance in gasoline and it is being burnt out while the engine is working.

        • Jenny Montulo

          It’s only dangerous when you parked at the close area. But if you’re vehicle is park outside. I am sure you’re okay.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    I’m not a napper. I have enough trouble falling asleep at night, let alone during the day. The only way I could get my body to “nap” in the afternoon is if I haven’t slept at all the night before. I guess I could lie down for 30 minutes, close my eyes, and pretend I were napping, hoping for the “fake it till you make it” mechanism to kick in. But if I did manage to nap, it would be a surefire recipe to toss and turn for hours come the following night.

    Personally, I believe the desire to nap after lunch indicates hidden food allergies. 

    That said, some people simply have an easy time falling asleep anywhere anytime. Placido Domingo, for instance, attributes his  remarkable vitality to the fact that he can make himself doze off within seconds no matter where and when, and so he is able to sleep in “installments” throughout the day (3 hours on a plane, 2 hours in a dressing room somewhere, then 4 hours in his hotel room, then another hour on the next plane, etc.), i.e., he’s not dependent on spending 8 consecutive hours in bed every night in order to be properly rested. This enables him to work all over the world and hopscotch between time zones without ever getting “jet-lagged.”

    • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

      I’m the exact same way. I wonder if the “fake it till you make it” method would have any of the same benefits of napping.

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

       I recognize some folks need less sleep. A friend seems to be knowledgeable about everything. When I’m stumped, I think about asking Mike. I discovered a few years ago one of the reasons Mike is so up to date and informed on things. He sleeps 3 hours a night. I read Jon Gruden, former coach and current ESPN analyst, sleeps two to three hours a night. It’s just how some people are wired.

      Do you consider it a curse or a blessing or a little bit of both?

      • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

        Yes, some people lead very active lives and get by on very little sleep without burning out. Sleep is often referred to as the “great detoxifier.” It follows that the less toxic you are, the less sleep you need to regenerate.

    • Aileen

      I am a night person and once had a sleep study done to see if I could improve my daytime alertness. I had to sleep overnight and then one day, go in for naps during the day so they could track it. You’d be surprised how you actually do fall asleep–a few times I said, “I didn’t sleep that time,” but the researchers said, “Oh yes you did!” They could tell from brain waves.  After this, my doctor suggested a small scheduled  nap, early in the day, to reset my clock and improve my nighttime sleep..and it worked!

      • Kat

        My hubby had the same sleep study done.  They had him take several “breaks” during the day and monitored him.  everytime he said “no I did not fall asleep” and everytime they could tell he did.  Study showed he had serious sleep decifit.  Now he takes naps every day and does so much better.  I love to take naps and have gotten to the point that I don’t need an alarm clock.  I wake just before the clock goes off during naps and in the morning.

    • Miss Okabe

      Given that allergies are merely a scientific thing; your body reacting as if the thing it’s allergic to is some kind of antigen in the body, I don’t see how you can “personally believe” that tiredness is an allergic reaction.

      Food allergies cause swelling, breathing difficulty, rashes, even anaphylaxis. Not the desire to have a bit of a snooze.

      It could be the result of diabetes (which cases tiredness in excess), but allergies? No. Food allergies are amongst the most dangerous kinds of allergy and can kill very quickly.

      • Cyberquill

        Not all allergies manifest alike, and a sudden onset of fatigue most certainly ranks among the well-known symptoms. While peanut and seafood allergies, for instance, can indeed kill upon contact with the offending food, more common allergies like those to dairy, wheat, yeast, etc., generally amount to an inconvenience rather than a genuine danger.

  • http://www.leahadams.org/ Leah Adams

    I’ve never been a napper unless I had lost a lot of sleep the night before. My husband can nap at the drop of a hat.  Envious!!

  • http://www.alslead.com/ Dave Anderson

    Nine times out of ten I can nap on command.  That is a skill I developed in the Army.  If you had 20 minutes of down time.  You napped.  You never knew how much sleep you would get that night.

    My wife is a great napper.  It definitely improves her day when she naps.  I really like post-nap wife.  The kids really like post-nap mom.  She is really going to like the list of great nappers you provided here.

    Thanks Michael.

    • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

      That is so funny about the napping on command Dave. I am not much of a napper, but my USMA husband can also nap on command. He shares stories of how you CANNOT nap in class at USMA, so you have permission to stand in the back of the classroom so you don’t fall asleep.  He learned that he can, in fact, sleep standing up during those years.  ;-)

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

         On a 20-mile night march, I discovered you can nap and walk at the same time (wouldn’t recommend it for driving though).

        USMA? United States Military Academy?

        • http://www.alslead.com/ Dave Anderson

          United States Military Academy = USMA.

          I’ve slept standing up and on night marches as well.  I also did it from leaning on a 50 caliber machine gun while on a 100+ mile movement in an armored vehicle.  (was not driving though)

        • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

          Yes, also known as West Point. And 5 years as an Army Ranger. *and if I can brag on him, Bronze Star recipient.* My husband, my hero.

          • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

             Thanks for informing the ignorant (but I must say that I guess well). And, yes, you can brag. He deserves it. West Point, Ranger, Bronze Star recipient. Any of those garners our attention. All of them deserve our respect.

          • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

            Thank you TNeal. They do deserve our respect. (Nothing ignorant in anything you said, either!)

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Crain/1239615865 David Crain

             I’m grateful to all the men and women in our Armed Forces, as well as those who love and support them (wives and families). We pray regularly that the Lord will give all our troops safety as they protect our freedom. Thanks for being so supportive of your husband! God Bless you both.

          • http://www.facebook.com/howard.drive.5 Howard Drive

            i am also a nap taker at least half an hour of rest

      • http://www.alslead.com/ Dave Anderson

        I stood up in plenty of classes when I was a cadet.  I gave people at work the same instructions.  I told them I thought it was rude to nod off and considerate and more professional to stand.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Crain/1239615865 David Crain

           I agree with you! It is unprofessional to nod off, and I never make fun of someone who chooses to stand. I have trouble myself (slightly narcoleptic), so I stand whenever I think I’ll have trouble (hot room, long meeting). Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       Haha … I bet my husband and kids would like post-nap wife/mom, too. :)

    • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

      Post-nap mom…love it!!

    • Patti Damesworth

       I have  4 kids, and three were born within 3 years.  I HAD to have a nap, or I would have snapped.  Or at least been VERY snippy with everyone in my home.  My youngest child, who came along 9 years after the last of the Big Three, can tell if I haven’t had a nap, and encourages me to take one.  I’m definitely a better mom post-nap!

  • http://chrisvonada.com chris vonada

    lol… loved the napping celebrities! I’m a napper too as I get up super early, am most productive in the morning, and refresh after my nap to keep on keeping on. However, the 20-minute naps only make me more tired… mine are about an hour. Thanks for sharing this Michael!!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think the key is knowing how long you need to nap to feel fully recovered. In my research of famous nappers, I found that most napped anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours. The key is to wake up without feeling groggy. Thanks.

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

         For me, the natural sleep pattern seems to be around an hour and a half. This is true even throughout the night. I can pretty much predict the time when I wake up based on when I went to sleep. When I nap, I plan on being down for awhile. On the other hand, I’ll have to experiment with shorter naps more often. If I get screwed up though, who’s going to explain my sour mood to Ellen?

      • Suzette

        I once heard that the trick is sleeping less than 20 minutes or in 1.5 hour increments because the cycle of moving in and out of REM sleep is 1.5 hrs  So if you wake up in the middle of a REM cycle you will be groggy but if you wake up at the end or just before a new one starts you feel refreshed.  Basically it works like a sin wave.  20 minutes to get to the top of the rem cycle, 20 minutes to fall deep into sleep, the next 20 your body comes out of the rem cycle, and the last 20 you are lightly sleeping.  So avoiding that middle 20 minutes (after the initial 20) is the key.  I’ve tried this and it works for me.  What it means is that the advice to get 8 hrs of sleep is actually wrong because that wakes you up mid-REM cycle.  You actually want 7.5 or 9.   It’s odd that 7.5 hr would leave you more rested than 8, but it proved true for me.  Applying all this to the napping ritual… it means napping for 20-30 minutes (depending on how long it takes you to fall asleep) gives you the optimal cat nap.  If you need more than that, time it for 1.5 hr increments. — Suzette   

        • http://EvaPScott.com/ Eva P. Scott

          Thanks for the info. I’ve always felt I’ve needed 9 hours of sleep. I’ll try 7.5.

  • Rosie Cochran

    Napping at work is not an option, but I definitely see the benefits. Going to bed earlier simply means I’ll wake up earlier. If I’m dragging, I’ll take a half hour nap when I get home to rejuvenate myself for the evening. Works great for me. :-)

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       That’s a great idea, Rosie. Napping that late doesn’t interfere with your sleep?

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

         I don’t even drink caffeinated anything after three because it screws up my sleep. I can’t imagine napping after that hour. But this is an example of how we’re each wired in different ways.

    • http://gailbhyatt.wordpress.com Gail B. Hyatt

      Yep, as Mike mentioned above, my dad used to come home and “put his feet up” for about 30 min. He would lie down on the floor and put he feet up on the couch. I think this is the next best thing to an afternoon siesta.

  • http://missionallendale.wordpress.com/ Joey Espinosa

    I’ve taken more naps in the past few months that I have ever before, maybe a couple of times per week. Part of it is that my work schedule has allowed it more. My wife and kids laugh at my technique:

    I lay on the couch, with a blanket completely over me, head to toe. It forms my own little cave. I can be out in a few minutes, even with my kids playing in the living room. I’ll either set my alarm clock, or I’ll ask one of them to wake me at a certain point.

    I always feel so much better afterward!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I use a blanket, too. I can fall asleep in about two minutes. Thanks.

      • http://gailbhyatt.wordpress.com Gail B. Hyatt

        It takes me at least a half an hour to fall asleep.

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

       I put a blanket, pillow, or towel over my eyes rather than a cover over my entire body. I need a little open air space between eyes and chin to feel comfortable. Unless it’s the middle of the winter and super frigid, then I cocoon just to keep warm.

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  • Marcia

    I LOVE naps, and used to feel guilty for taking them, but I arise early every day at 4 am to get my Bible/Prayer time in before I head out to exercise at 5:30. I love to get that done early so I have time for a full day starting at 9 am to work in my home office or around the house. I go til about 10 pm, but depending on other things that happen throughout the day, I often feel quite exhausted and need that pick-me-up nap to reenergize myself, especially when focussing on things that are emotionally or physically draining. My schedule works for me adding that nap in. I realized I don’t nap every day, but when I do, I take it, and never apologize for it anymore, nor do I feel guilty.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Good for you. I like how a nap breaks up my day into “two shifts,” as LBJ used to say.

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

       I understand the early rising. If I don’t get to bed early the night before, I know an afternoon nap is in my future. The key to it all is doing what you need to do and maintaining the balance between rest and productivity.

  • http://www.domesticserenity.org/ Daniele @ Domestic Serenity

    I’m a great fan of the 20 minute power nap!  Completely improves the rest of my day for the reasons you listed – I’m refreshed, able to think clearer and focus more.  Sometimes we just need to pause our minds…

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think that is it for me. It gives my mind a break. I also find that many of my most creative thoughts come right after napping. (There is a correlation between being relaxed and being creative. This is why we so soften have creative thoughts in the shower.) Thanks.

  • http://www.jozeca.missionsplace.com/ Jozeca Lathrop

    I never made the time to nap at my previous job (normally not taking a lunch break) but now that I have more say over my schedule – and live in a Latin American country – napping is more of a reality.  Here, everything shuts down from 1-3 p.m. The high temperatures tend to limit productivity and this afternoon “siesta” is a part of life for most Colombians.  I appreciate this post because I haven not developed a consistent nap time – and I definitely find myself waning in productivity in the afternoon hours.  This was very timely for me, thanks! (I love the “keys” idea, too! Maybe I’ll try that…)

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Jozeca, your comment reminded me of a conversation I had last week. I met with a couple women from Peru, and they shared with me their struggle adjusting to American life. They’ve been overwhelmed by how busy we are, and our compelling need to always be on the go, always doing something. They have no problem working hard, but they don’t understand American guilt over slowing down, taking a nap, and enjoying moments of solitude and rest.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Helpful post, Michael. Short naps of 15 to 20 minutes work for me. Anything longer and it can have a negative effect. One of the most interesting napping stories I ever heard was from blogger Steve Pavlina. He decided to try what is known as Polyphasic sleeping. He followed a pattern of sleeping about 20 minutes once every four hours around the clock – 6 naps every 24 hours, about 2 hours of sleep per day.  

    Supposedly it followed the natural circadian rhythms. He was able to do this for over 5 months, with no ill effects. He reported vastly improved productivity, and not being sleepy at all.

    He reported that it took about two weeks to get oriented to the new sleep cycle, with the first week being very difficult. After that it became routine. He is one of the few people that have actually accomplished this long term. He finally gave up the pattern and went back to a normal routine, not because of health problems, but to gain congruence with the real world.

    Imagine what you could do with an additional six hours of waking time per day.

    You can read about his experience here.  http://goals4u.us/Hk81XN

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I remember reading this a while back. I found it fascinating, though it didn’t appeal to me for the same reason that led him back to his normal routine. Still, it is interesting.

      • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

        Years ago, I put together an idea called Quadraphasic living, where you divide your day into four quadrants, with naps or sleep separating them. This technique actually worked very well for me, if I kept the naps short. When I did this with low glycemic meals, I felt energized throughout the day. This post has a graphic that describes the process… http://goals4u.us/nfdODn

    • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

      Fascinating idea. I think I’d be up for trying it sometime.

      I agree, though, that the hardest part would be fitting into the world’s schedule. 

      I’ve often wondered how executives of international companies do it, especially when their responsibilities are divided across so many time zones–I wonder if any of them do polyphasic sleeping.

  • BillintheBlank

    I agree that it would boost productivity. No question about it. But what advice do you have for those of us in “old-school” environments where napping would be tantamount to raiding the office safe?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      FIrst, I would try to sell the concept by doing my home work and presenting it in the context of “how can we get even more productivity, mental focus, and creativity, out of our team.” If that didn’t work, then I would take it out of my lunch hour with the ideas I listed at the bottom of the post. Thanks.

      • BillintheBlank

        Wise advice — for those who have lunch hours. Some lines of work mean you are “on call” all the time such as with me as an educator. But I think this really touches on a topic that may be fodder for another post: How should we deal with the tension between the ideal life we envision and the current reality where we find ourselves today. Maybe you’ve aready done it. Or maybe I should explore it and post myself. Thanks regardless. Enjoyed your last e-mail podcast by the way.

  • Rcobb

    The late, great John Stott, doyen of English Evangelicals, kept a rigid appointment with naps. Ho ‘horizontal half hour’ allowed him to be one of the most incredible activitists for Christianity in England.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      He was also incredibly productive. I spent an evening with him in London one time and was really impressed with his humility and grace.

  • http://www.SiaKnight.com/ Sia Knight

    I love taking naps! Your post made me fondly lament about a habit that motherhood demanded that I leave behind.  I dream of one day being able to nap consistently.  Until then, I settle for an occasional, refreshing, invigorating nap.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Isn’t it interesting that motherhood often prohibits a nap, and it’s the season during which we need it the most!

  • Chad

    Very timely. I just started trying to do this last week. I am having a tough time finding a place to get comfortable to take a nap at the office.  Any suggestions on an apparatus?  Have an empty office I can sleep in but nothing to sleep on. Looking for something portable. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      In one job, I simply laid down on the floor and put my feet up on a chair. My father-in-law did this for years. He never referred to it as a nap. He always said, “I think I’m going to go put my feet up.”

      • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

        My dad uses the excuse that he is just “resting his eyes.”

        • http://olawunmifajobi.blogspot.com/ Olawunmi Fajobi

          Ha. Same with my aunt. Her naps are never naps though; usually turns into a deep sleep.

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

         I think it’s hilarious that fathers and father-in-laws always speak in code for naps. ;)

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          It probably reflects an underlying guilt or at least uneasiness about napping. I love how some cultures totally embrace napping.

  • http://twitter.com/peterwalters64 Peter Walters


    I often study in our local Public Library and I am sure people think I am lazy because when they walk by I am sprawled out over my books.  The only thing I fear is any indentations that might be in my forehead that would not go away for an hour.  

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Ha. Been there, done that.

  • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

    I’d love to be a napper, but it’s never been in the cards for me. It takes me a long time to fall asleep, so in a 20 minute nap, I’ll usually lie awake the whole time. Then, if I try to schedule a longer nap, I wake up groggy and then will have a hard time falling asleep that evening.

    However, I have noticed that when I drift off on the couch for a few minutes, I feel so great when I’m done–I’ve seen the benefits, and I wish I could take advantage!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Even if you can’t fall asleep (initially), you could pray or just focus on relaxing. Even this can be incredibly refreshing. You just might find yourself drifting off!

      • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

        Good idea. That would be a blessing, either to my soul or my body.

  • David Skidmore

    As they say, everything we need to know…we learned in kindergarten. Our teachers were on to something. …I’m 40 and still have my handwoven nap mat I used in kindergarten. I don’t USE it but it reminds me of happier times when napping was encouraged.

    Michael, perhaps a blog post as to why 30 minutes of RECESS each day is a good idea is in order???

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You might be on to something!

  • Nap Enthusiast

    I’ve napped almost everyday for almost 10 years. If I don’t get my 30 minutes in each afternoon, I’m worthless. I even instituted a mandatory “relaxation” break for my employees: They get 30 minutes on the clock right after their lunch break, but they have to clock back in from lunch. Productivity increases across the board more than pays for the half-hour in wages.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I love this! Very forward-thinking.

  • http://paulcoughlin.com Paul Coughlin

    ok – slight conflict here.. yes, I am coming out of the closet – I am a habitual napper!!  but I need to go back into the closet – that’s a great place to nap out of sight.. in/out/in/out.. I need a nap..  :-)

    I nap, because I feel better afterwards, have more energy, and my mind is clearer. I realised a long time ago, that when we ‘sleep’ – it is just a small part of us that actually sleeps – it’s the conscious mind. Everything else, simply keeps on doing what it’s been doing – especially the sub-concious mind. But gets to do it without interference from our rational mind.

    And we now know, it’s our subconscious mind that makes most of our decisions.. especially our best decisions. So napping is a great way to clear the mind, allow insights to surface, and make much better decisions, based on accurate intuition..

    Here’s a video I watched recently – slightly ‘sensationalised’ but all about the sub-conscious mind. BBC Horizon series.

  • http://cavemanreflections.blogspot.com/ Michael Mulligan

    Napping does seem counter-intuitive to productivity, however, napping does lead to increased alertness and increased productivity.  I’m one of those people who must force myself to take ten minute breaks every two hours when I’m on a project that causes me to get so immersed I lose track of time.  And an occasional nap is a great bonus.

    When I drove my family across country, I needed twenty-minute naps in order to be able to drive all day without getting groggy.  Then, when I arrived, my body was out of it’s natural rhythm due to crossing two times zones; daylight savings added an additional hour to the time difference.  The naps are helping my body to adjust to the new time zones.

    Today’s post confirms what my body has been telling me, regular naps increase well-being.  Thanks for a great story.

    • Jim Martin

      Michael, you express this very well!  “…regular naps increase well-being.”  I certainly believe that!

      • http://cavemanreflections.blogspot.com/ Michael Mulligan

         Thanks, Jim.

  • http://www.thenancyway.com/ Nancy Roe

    I have been taking a regular nap every day for the last six years. I was lucky enough when I worked outside the house I could come home every day at lunch.  I set the timer and would get 15-20 minutes every day.  Now that I work from home, I still take a nap after lunch but in the 20-30 minute range.  I feel rested and rejuvinated when the timer goes off.  I also have the added benefit that my Papillon takes a nap with me.  My husband hates the fact I can fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.

    My family and friends laugh at me for taking a nap, but now I can show them this article and have them read all the benefits of napping. 

    Sweet dreams!

  • http://www.paulbevans.com Paul B Evans

    Every day I tap a nap the next day I feel incredible.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       Interesting insight, Paul. Thanks.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Who knew? I may have to start a napping experiment.

  • http://www.thinking-on-these-things.blogspot.com/ Becky Eppley

    While in college I discovered the power nap – and was consistenly amazed how 20 minutes after lunch gave me enough energy for the rest of the day.  Having done it for so many years I know now when it’s time to lay down and that I’ll accomplish far more by taking a time out for a while then continuing to go at my sluggish, and brain adled pace! Thank you for all the information and validation from some really smart people that this is such a great idea!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Regina-McIntyre/100000606337351 Regina McIntyre

    Thanks for the affirmation. I find that the days I take a nap ensure a better night’s sleep, and I avoid an energy dip later in the day.

  • http://www.eileenknowles.com/ Eileen

    I have a hard time napping.  I hear every little thing.  But I sometimes do lie down and close my eyes for a few minutes.  And, I know I’ve officially been successful at resting if I reach drool status.  That’s relaxed ;)

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       A very scientific approach to evaluating your success. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/LoriARamsey Lori Ramsey

    I am not a napper, I never have time.  When I nap I want to sleep – for hours.  I am yawning my way through the afternoon though.  Perhaps I should give it a try?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      The key is limiting the length to 20–30 minutes. Give it a try. You’ll never know until you do. You don’t have to have much of a productivity improvement to justify the investment. Thanks.

  • http://bloggingwithamy.com/ Amy Lynn Andrews

    I napped here and there in college but really stepped things up once I had children. My naps are not so much “power” naps but “they took all my energy” naps. LOL 

    And for me, the guaranteed way I’ll fall asleep is to read Curious George aloud. I don’t know what it as about him, but he makes me drowsy ever time. (“No, let’s pick a different book because if we read Curious George, Mom’s going to fall asleep.”)

  • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

    I don’t know, I think if someone finds you napping in the closet, they might thing you’ve been hitting the bottle. haha.

    I started napping when expecting my first child, and then it was a requirement not an option, but I no longer nap on a routine basis.  The exception is when I go to conferences. I always try to squeeze a nap in because the schedule is so grueling from morning until night. I feel badly that I miss some socializing, but it helps me participate more fully during the evening sessions.

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    I used to be a big napper, almost every day. But gave it up when I started feeling guilty about it, as if I was being lazy. For years I didn’t nap as a result … until recently. I’ve read some of the research as well, and it’s compelling. I don’t always sleep for 20-30 minutes every afternoon, but I at least take a break from everything, sit in a chair outside or lay on the couch and close my eyes.

    • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

      I had the same guilty about being lazy, and still don’t like to nap because of those feelings.  However, results don’t lie.  I think the key to napping, as to most things in life, is moderation. 

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Although I am not a napper, I am really shocked how many comments have mentioned the guilt associated with taking a nap. I had no idea. Huh.

      • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

        I think of it as a guilty pleasure, like dessert. Something you shouldn’t do all the time, but a special treat. But according to Michael, napping is something you should do all the time.  I wonder if he eats dessert every day too?  *smile*

        • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

          I think a post like that would get a lot of traction! I can see it now, “How Eating Chocolate Cake Every Day Boosts Energy and Productivity.”

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          For the record, I don’t. :-)

  • http://brettcohrs.com Brett

    I’ve been implementing the old Pomodoro Technique to give my brain the 20 minute break a couple times a day.  I think maybe one of those should be a nap break. I love it. 

  • Lee

    re: napping  

      When I was
    teaching, I would sometimes sneak a twenty minute nap after lunch. There was a
    small office off the prep room which was hidden and quiet. If nobody was around
    to catch me napping, I would use this office and nap with my head on somebody’s
    desk. One afternoon, I awoke to the din of a loud class. I went into the noisy
    class prepared to deliver a reprimand, and guess what? It was my class—and I was five minutes late! 

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      That is a great story! Did you tell the class?

  • Pauline Logan

    When  I have a mentally busy day, taking a nap relaxes my mind so that I’m more focused when I wake up. Otherwise I tend to to get too many things started without finishing one before going on to the next. Napping also relaxes sore muscles and joints.

  • Jordanggardner

    Michael, have you read Brain Rules by John Medina? He has a whole chapter in sleep an naps and how beneficial they are.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      I will have to check that out, too!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I have the book, but I have not read. Will do.

  • Rose E

    My husband naps every day. After reading your e-mail I too will rest every day. I sometimes felt annoyed when my husband went to nap when so much needed to be done around the house. Your e-mail has given me something to encourage my husband and family to do. Thankyou Rose E

  • LG

     “Discreet.” Although you should keep your naps discrete (i.e., separate from one another) — I think non-discrete naps are actually called a coma. ;)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great catch. Thanks.

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com Lincoln Parks

    Never really napped like that, and have never been a napper. My wife on the other hand is a “Power Napper” no wonder she is always in a great mood. I should have taken those lessons to heart. 

    • http://gailbhyatt.wordpress.com Gail B. Hyatt

      It’s funny because it seems like men have an easier time with the power-nap. I can’t seem to do it. But … maybe I just need more practice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/debra.l.butterfield Debra L. Butterfield

    Yes, I’m a napper, and have an internal alarm. I can tell myself how long I want to nap, and most of the time wake up on the dot (I still set an alarm just in case). I never realized I was helping myself in any other way than simply refreshing my body–I wake up too often at night to ever say I got a good night’s sleep. My naps are usually 15-20 minutes, though not daily.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      I love the inner alarm-clock. I wish I could get one of those! Have you always been able to wake yourself when you want?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I have that same internal clock. I can wake up on the dot almost. Thanks.

  • K.D. Storm

    I am so the napper. My boyfriend picks on me about it some but he has seen that taking a nap helps my mood a lot! I am the mind day sleeper who sleeps for a couple of hours and then keeps a longer night time hour.

  • http://www.theisleofman.net/ Kevin Haggerty

    Thanks Michael. This was very interesting. I may even try it today! :)

  • rosebud417

    I fell in love with naps in pre-school.  And have been a dedicated napper ever since. 

  • http://bdentzy.com/ Bryan Entzminger

    I just finished the chapter on avoiding fatigue in Dale Carnegie’s “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.” He referenced many of the same famous people.  I’m still thinking through how I could apply this myself.

  • http://www.ginasmom.com ginasmom

    Thanks for confirming what i always suspected, naps are vital and should be a part of our daily lives. The examples really drive it home. In addition to my usual line – “resting my brain for as second or two” I’ll use this post next time somebody wonders why I want to “waste the day sleeping”. 

  • http://www.feedingnineonadime.com/ Jeniferharrod

    Sometimes I have to take a short nap so that I can go on the rest of the day.  I really like reading your posts. I think you are about the only one that I really look forward to reading in my email in-box. God Bless you for your encouragment!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind words, Jenifer. I appreciate it.

  • Forrest

    My wife takes a nap every day after lunch. I guess I have always thought it to be a waste of time, but maybe I should rethink my ideas and give it a try. Thanks for the practical advice.

  • http://www.danieldecker.net/ Daniel Decker

    Confession: Hi, my name is Daniel and I too am a napper. : )  Not daily but usually several times per week. I certainly see the benefits. To me it’s like a lumberjack who pauses to sharpen his axe.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Great illustration. There are days where I just can’t seem to focus. I hang it up and lay down for 30 minutes. It usually does the trick. 

  • Rachel

    This makes me feel so much better! I can get through the day without a nap if necessary but it makes things so much easier if I get that 20-30 minutes. I also sleep better at night if I have had a daytime nap. I’m currently a Mum and have been blessed with/have trained children who nap after lunch so it’s easy for me to do the same. When I worked full time we only had 30 mins for lunch and napping would have been frowned upon. I ate quickly and often the only place I could go for the remaining time was behind a locked door in the toilets (restroom). Anywhere will do, although my bed is certainly preferable!

  • http://mywritersconnection.com/ @ErinKCasey

    I’m a Sunday afternoon napper, and the busier I am, the more guilty I feel for taking a break. Thanks for letting me off the hook!  Glad to know there are others who crave a little shut-eye during the day.

  • Greg Johnson

    Each day is different, but when my eyes start to fall at my computer, I know it’s time. It usually takes me less than 3 minutes to fall asleep by then. Most days, less than 10 minutes later, I wake up and have more energy than I had in the morning.  Working at home makes this possible, but even when I was at a desk, I’d simply close my door and put my head down. Afternoon coffee or 5-hour energy is good for emergencies, but nothing restores my mind like a short rest. Great post, Mike.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Greg. I don’t drink coffee anymore (unless in a pinch) because I have found the nap to be so much more effective—without the side effects.

      • http://www.productiveinsights.com/ Ash

        Same here!

  • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

    I struggle with doing this because it takes forever for my mind to shut down. By the time it’s ready to shut down and I’m ready for a nap, my 30 minutes is up. 

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      I have the same problem. The 20-30 minutes is more like a “twilight” period. I’m not quite awake, and I’m not quite sleeping…

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        Even that twilight time has value. Just relaxing for 20 minutes is valuable. Release the stress from your body.

      • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

        I know. What are we to do? 

  • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

    I am not a napper—maybe once a year. It’s not that I feel guilty, which some people have mentioned, it’s that I can’t get my mind to settle down in the middle of the day—even if I feel tired! I have so many things that “have to get done”, or I feel like I could be missing something, and it takes me too long to mentally wind down. Anyone else have a hard time getting the mind to cooperate? —not to mention that I have been told that I snore, and I would be afraid of setting of an alarm at work or something! :)

    However, at night, when I go to bed, I can usually fall to sleep in minutes of laying down.

  • http://twitter.com/CherylSmith999 Cheryl Smith

    I’ve long been intrigued by your tweets about napping and am so glad to see this post. It looks like you’re in good company. During the last year I’ve napped somewhat regularly, in part because of your influence and for post-surgical rest. Lately I’ve been pondering the need for that afternoon break and now have exactly what I need to do so, guilt free. :)  

  • Revpats

    My husband sent this blog to me — he commented below that he had always thought it was a waste of time — thank you for convincing him otherwise! I have always told people that napping is in the Bible — God rested on the 7th day. If God can take a nap, then why shouldn’t we? I’m one of the “power-nappers” — 20-30 minutes and I’m good to go.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Here’s another great verse: “For so He gives his beloved sleep” (Psalm 127:2).

  • http://www.facebook.com/sobayo.o.treasure Sobayo O’Phemie Treasure

    This is such a nice piece. So nice write up, keeps me smiling on the fact that napping can really be an admirable ‘virtue’.  I will start trying to. I am sure it may not be consistent initially, but sooner it’ll be.

  • Ron Edmondson

    I’m into it. It always helps me when I take a short nap. I just haven’t built this into my schedule, but you may be encouraging me in another great area! Love it! 

  • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com/ Patricia Zell

    I generally do not take naps unless I’m so sleepy I can’t keep my eyes open. This usually happens at school, so I press to stay awake until our dismissal bell rings and my room has been cleaned (by 3:15). Then I close my door and either lean back in my chair or lay my head on my desk. I usually doze off for about 10 minutes and wake myself up. I’m refreshed and ready to go back to work.

    Just  a couple of other comments–I was having a terrible sleeping at nights several years ago, so I tried an eye mask which did the trick. I love my eye mask. Also, I guess I am an exception to the rule of productivity. My productivity peaks in the late afternoon and early evening hours. Even if I don’t take a nap, I’m usually wide awake and raring to go at that time of day. That’s why I’m often found  in my classroom until 5 or 6 p.m. 

  • http://jillshea.com/ Jill Shea

     Yes, I try and take a 20 minute power nap every afternoon (benefits of working from home).  Never felt better!

  • http://twitter.com/musicgirl2002 Elizabeth Kilpatrick

    Totally in favor of power napping! It does refresh me and get’s me through the rest of the day! 

  • JimCarpe_Diem

    This is the very best optimal reason I love being self-employed, well next to playing a round of golf when the weather is nice like today.
    Some of us need a bit more beauty rest than others so this is my blessing to my friends!
    Seize the day and take a nap!!

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    The. Greatest. Blog. Post. Ever!!!!

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    Wednesdays I definitely nap. By midweek my body feels beat up and my mind weary.  This year especially I’ve noticed how significant rest is (my age and basketball gyms are catching up with me). Thursdays I’m more prepared to accomplish things and be productive because I’ve had more rest.

    I will have to try shorter naps more often and see what that does for me. My wife does that on the weekends (curls up on the couch for a short nap) and it helps her stay focused on her freelance editing work. She is the queen of napping and she’s definitely far from lazy.

  • http://twitter.com/drsteffan Steffan Carden

    I can’t go without it.

  • Steve

    Anoyher great post Mr. Hyatt!
    I am a power napper too! However I am on the road all day meeting with customers. But after lunch I look for shade to park under away from traffic and have a neck pillow. However I havbeen using 2 pair of sunglasses. I’m going to stop by Walgreens and pick up an eyemask. Thank you for all if your insight from you blog!

  • http://www.workyouenjoy.com Adam Rico

    I really struggle to nap when the sun is up. Of course…a mask. Great tip Michael.

  • http://www.highincomespot.com/ Kenneth Acha

    Michael, you write great posts all the time, but this is by far my best
    one. It’s probably because it strikes a cord with me on several levels.
    The medical focus (I’m an MD), the stellar research, and just the
    presentation is beautiful. I’m probably also impacted by it  because I
    am a former siesta taker who has been encouraged by this post to resume
    my old habit. I went to a boarding school where Siesta was compulsory
    and I actually liked it. After high school, i was introduced to the
    concept of power naps and practiced it every now and then but your
    presentation really encourages me to take it back up again and actually
    become an evangelist for nap taking!

    Thank you!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kenneth. I appreciate that great encouragement!

  • http://recreationalwordslinger.wordpress.com/ RecreationalWordSlinger

    On the days when I work as a substitute teacher, I will often take a nap when I get home. This usually happens around 3, and I try to keep it around 20-30 minutes as well.

    I try not to nap on the days when I stay at home…unless I have had a disciplined day when I get up early and work continuously.

  • http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/ Cheri Gregory

    I’ve fought naps tooth-and-nail since I was a toddler. I hated them so much, my mother arranged for me to be able to read quietly in preschool rather than lie there bored for two hours.

    However, I’m now discovering the many benefits you’ve listed of a short after-lunch “siesta.”  

    In her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain talks about the importance of finding/creating “restorative niches” throughout the day. 

    I’ve come to realize that I need my down time so I’ll be up to dealing with people again for the rest of the day.

    • Jim Martin

      Cheri, I’ve heard several people lately refer to this book.  Sounds very interesting.

  • http://bbcjc.com/ Randy Dignan

    Do we HAVE to nap?  Hmmmm…  SHOULD we?  Yes!  Thank you so much for covering this subject!  I try to take a “power nap” often and especially on Sundays since I speak 4-5 times…  I remember an older preacher asking me my opening question like this…  “Did God have to rest on the seventh day?  No!  But He did to be an example to us!”  I never forgot that!  I truly appreciate you covering this subject in a society (especially the USA) where napping is viewed as “lazy!”  I agree with everything you said and will continue to get more “POWER” from my “POWER NAPS!”  God bless y’all!

  • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

    Being a “napper” certainly has loads of negative stigma. Even though I don’t have a boss to catch me napping, I still feel guilty. Maybe I need to change me thinking. 

  • JBurton

    I would like to nap but I have very little time for lunch. How do you solve that.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Schedule an appointment with yourself.

  • http://www.thegeezergadgetguy.com/ Thad Puckett

    We lived in Taiwan for 16 years or so.  Virtually every business, regardless of size, practiced this!  We did too!

    But have had to “unlearn” this excellent practice after we came back to the USA.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      When visiting Costa Rica, my American friends and me were amazed that the entire local town shut down at 2pm to hang out in the mid-town square and socialize or take a siesta.   Based on your experience and mine, maybe our American culture is NOT so advanced!

  • Jean

    I love a good nap!  I relish it actually.  I agree with keeping it short and before to late in the afternoon.  Wish I could squeeze one in daily, but am satisfied if I get one once a week.  It really does give a boost of energy.  Time well invested for being productive with the rest of your day.  Go Naps!!!

  • http://smalltownkidmin.com/ Jared M.

    My lunch break isn’t really condusive to getting a nap.  Anybody have any experience taking a nap right after work (5:00) to continue productivity into the evening.  I also work as a pastor and do most of that work at night, but my productivity suffers from exhausting days at the office.  Curious if a quick nap would help me to be more productive both places.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I know several people who do this. It can work. Just don’t let it go too long or you’ll begin to affect your night sleep.

  • Lauriecopeland

    I find a power nap of 20 minutes very effective.  However, my husband doesn’t.  He says if he goes to sleep in the middle of the day and tried to wake up after 20 to 30 minutes, he’ll be worse off, than if he just plowed through the day.  Do you have any suggestions how he can take a nap and not feel so groggy after 30 minutes?  Does this answer have anything to do with the “keys falling out of his hands” comment in the beginning of the blog?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      The key is to keep it short enough that you don’t slip into REM (deep) sleep. Maybe for him it is 10–15 minutes. Experiment! That’s the best way to find out what is right for you. Thanks.

      • Lauriecopeland

         Thanks, Michael!  I’ll pass this on to my husband.

  • Shirley Thiessen

    So glad to hear you address the benefits of napping! I’ve always felt guilty for taking a 25 mins nap but my productivity in the aft. is improved as a result.  I’m encouraged to learn that others nap as well.

  • http://thepfjournal.wordpress.com/ Carey

    I must agree… years ago after reading about Churchill and Edison practicing this, I tried it.  Does amazing things.  The 20 to 30 minute “power nap” is best for me.  Though I must admit I don’t practice it currently… but your article has me thinking again… where’s my blankie?

  • Theo V.

    This is so true! I used to take 20-30 min naps on my lunch break when I worked 13 hour shifts as a restaurant manager. I would feel recharged afterwards and ready to handle the dinner crowd. 

  • http://www.christopherneiger.com/blog Chris Neiger

    Thanks for this! I’ve always wanted to take naps but felt guilty that I wasn’t being productive. I’m going to work a 20-minute nap in to my lunch hour and see what happens!

  • http://www.shannonmilholland.blogspot.com Shannon Milholland

    My most productive days are when I nap. It is amazing what 30 minutes in the middle of day will do to sustain your energy, drive and enthusiasm!

    • Jim Martin

      Shannon, you have brought up something else important.  A nap really can help with one’s mood and capacity for enthusiasm.  I have certainly noticed this in myself.

  • http://www.cindycoloma.com/ Cindycoloma

    YES, I’m a napper! And after this post, I’m proud of it! I love early morning rising and I’m a natural night owl, so that nap in the afternoon has been a necessity for years. Thanks for taking the guilt out of it. What great company to be in. : )

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Cindy, you just described me … early morning lover, but natural night owl.   Without a nap, it’s always been either/or.  Now you give me confidence that I can do both.  Thanks!

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  • Erick Pettersen

    This is great. I rediscovered the love for napping when I worked a 4 AM shift many years ago. Because of school and other obligations I rarely got to bed before 9. That may not seem too late, but when you have to wake at 2 AM, it is.
    Often times, my lunch time at work was my nap time. I napped for 20 minutes, then went back to work refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the day. Once, I overslept my alarm and didn’t go back to work for an hour.

    Now, more than ten years and thousands of naps later, including times of utilizing the nap room at my last job and my bed at my stay at home job, I rediscovered that love of napping that I had originally discovered in daycare.


  • http://twitter.com/timage Tim Milburn

    I’ve learned to sleep sitting in a chair with my head back against the wall. It has proven to be a great way to get a quick nap in because I can fall asleep quickly and not sleep for very long. It was said that John Wesley, moving from town to town to preach could sleep while riding on his horse.

    If you work in a ministry setting and get caught napping, you can always say you were praying. In fact, sometimes taking a nap can be the most spiritual thing one can do.

  • http://twitter.com/theworld4realz Andi-Roo

    I’ve always been a napper! How lovely to finally be vindicated in my practice of such. Thank you for bringing this to the world’s attention! :)

  • Ymann

    I have sleep apnea and a nap often helps me feel rejuvenated although I’ve never embraced it. Love your examples and think I’ll give it a try 2 or 3 times a week and see what happens! 

  • http://www.CrazyAboutChurch.com/ Charles Specht

    Works for me.  Where do I sign up?

  • http://daddybloggerdan.wordpress.com/ Dan Fuoco

    My wife would nap constantly when we were young lovers in college, but I could rarely keep my eyes shut long enough for a midday nap. Lately, however, I’ve heard more about how snoozing during the day can improve so much for your health and well-being.
    I guess she was on to something (don’t tell her I said that).

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Dan, your secret is safe here! :)

  • http://rhapsody-of-realities.blogspot.com/ masec

    great article. i also take alot of nap myself and also was feeling guilty. thanks for sharing this.

  • http://juliesunne.com/ Julie Sunne

    My mother-in-law naps every day, has for as long as anyone can remember. I always chalked napping up to a waste of time.  However, you may have just convinced me otherwise. Thanks for the enlightening post!

  • Lindsay Terry

    Michael, I am reminded once again of DR. LEE  ROBERSON, a POWER NAPPER, who lived for 97 years. 

    John C. Maxwell said of him, “Lee Roberson changed the course of my life.”

    Billy Graham said in 1953, “Lee Roberson is doing more for God than any other man in America.”

    David Jeremiah thought of  him as “velvet steel.”

    Kay Arthur: “Eternity will reveal the scope and depth of Lee Roberson’s ministry, reaching worldwide.”

    On the advise of a physician, Lee Roberson took a power nap in the middle of each day. He only slept four hours each night: to bed at midnight, read until 2:00 AM, up at 6:00 AM and ready for breakfast at 6:30 AM.

    He was the pastor Highland Park Baptist Church, in Chattanooga, for 40 years. They enjoyed 10,000 in regular attendance when he retired. During the following years he spoke in 125 churches each year.

    Founder of Camp Joy — for kids. Thousands went to camp FREE  during summer months. 
    He authored 46 books. He began a mission organization that supported more than 500 missionaries, founded Tennessee Temple University which enjoyed an enrollment of 4,400 in the peak years, and founded a powerful radio station, WDYN. He had a daily broadcast for more than 40 years.

    Lindsay Terry 




    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Wow. What a story!

  • Dwilson

    I use a program for my iPhone called Pzizz Energizer. Designed specifically for naps I find it really helps!G

    • Jim Martin

      Thank you Dwilson.  I will have to check out that app.  

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com/ Chris Jeub

    I have insisted on keeping the office chair I have now, though it’s quite old, because of the head rest on the chair. One of my most pleasant times of the day is (typically after lunch) folding my feet up on my desk, leaning back, and taking a 10-15 min. snoozer. I’m usually interrupted by a phone call or something that puts me back on schedule.

    I’m thoroughly convinced that my afternoons are twice as productive when I squeeze the nap in.

  • http://twitter.com/giselaandzoe gisela

    im not a napper because i was under the stereotype that napping = laziness. and if i did take a nap i would over do it and feel lethargic after. but after reading this it’s shifted my thinking and realized the balancing of napping. i do definitely think i would be allot more productive it i did nap. taking one later today!

  • Steve Kirkpatrick

    Congrats!  This made it to “What’s Hot” on Google+!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Awesome. That’s good to know!

  • http://findinggodsfingerprints.wordpress.com/ Erica McNeal

    Your post made me sleepy! I’m ALL for naps! Now, if I could only convince my 2 year old to agree…

  • Mae Hn

    Yes I lay down and read then nap using about 45-60 mins of my afternoon for it. It helps me to be a better mom and wife!!! :) My kids, even my eight year old, take a quiet time during that time as well. Good post! :)

  • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

    Waking up at 2 am everyday I am a napper. I used to try and “push through” the tiredness only to not really accomplish anything. I found that by taking a nap I’m refreshed and get a lot more done later in the afternoon. It also helps that when I get home the kids are in school and the wife at work.

    Very helpful thoughts today Michael, we just need to get that thought out of our mind that we are being lazy if we take a nap.

  • Benjamin Steele

    I have heard similar advice from others.  I think will be experimenting with this.

  • Scott Hicks

    I have been a lunchtime napper for several years, finding a quiet place to eat and read in my car then following with a 20-30 minute nap. One drawback I’ve found is that co-workers tend to view me as somewhat unsociable because I almost always go to lunch by myself.

  • http://www.ontargetcoach.com/ Brent Pittman

    Don’t forget that many Latin America countries and most of China takes a nap. 

  • http://twitter.com/ChristyWStroud Christy W. Stroud

    I occasionally nap during my lunch (usually in my car, but this is best in the spring/fall when the weather is perfect–otherwise it’s too hot or too cold). I can eat lunch in 10-15 minutes & I’m small enough to just lean my seat back & put up my feet (the joys of being petite). I just took a 15-minute nap today, in fact. I think 20-30 minutes would be more ideal though. I’ve also gone for short runs this past winter during my lunch (about 2 miles) and that I think leaves me more invigorated and energized to finish the afternoon well.

    • Jim Martin

      Christy, I also often take naps immediately after lunch and find that it makes a real difference in my energy.  Late in the afternoon, I work out at a gym which gives me energy for the evening.

  • http://www.thisjourneyourlife.com/ Rachel

    Usually, I avoid naps because of the grogginess I experience afterward.  However, I’m looking forward to the chance to implement these helpful tips soon to see if I can benefit from taking one after all =)

  • Jeannie Burlowski

    I’m thrilled to read this.  I am an intensely creative professional person and also a mother, so my afternoon nap is my only way to keep my day from stretching from 5 am to 10:00 or 11:00 pm.

  • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

    I don’t nap during the day but I went to sleep at 10pm last night. Woke up this morning feeling fired up and ready to go! I’m sure that napping will do the same thing for me half way through the day. Keen to try this one out.

  • Nancy

    I nap regularly for many of the reasons that you have stated, but mostly to recharge. I used to feel guilty as well until I also found out about many colleagues who did the same thing. I have read studies about businesses that have built nap rooms for employees to encourage their people to take that quick pick me up healthy nap instead of using caffeine or something else to make it through the day. These same businesses have also noticed that there is an increase in employee productivity when the employees take advantage of the nap rooms. I like the idea about putting keys in your hand and when the drop out, your nap is over. 

  • http://lisadelay.com/blog Lisa Colon DeLay

    This is a tough one. I love naps, but I can’t imagine getting respected for it. It just seems lazy to the American mentality. Isn’t napping what babies and cats do?  Michael, you probably have the clout to incite a change here. Kudos for honoring the nap!

    Not napping is particularly American, and hardly the norm.It should also be noted that many countries…if not most, have afternoon down time. In busy areas of Italy, France, and Spain, stores close in the middle of the day, for hours and people spend time  with family, eat together, and nap also. Many warm climate countries do siesta during the hottest parts of the day, after the midday meal. It should be noted that they have longer days. Supper may start at 8 pm and bedtime may be in the wee hours.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think those other countries are onto something. I say we should start a revolution!

  • Raburts

    I am not a napper, but will become one after reading this article. It has definitely changed my perspective on napping. Thanks for the insight.

  • Dlange4

    I am so glad you did this post.  I have been feeling guilty for years for “needing” to take a nap. I have thought that something is wrong with me because I need to clothes my eyes and rest every afternoon.  You have given me permission and proof to keep doing what my body is telling me to do.  Thank you.

    • Jim Martin

      I have found that naps really do refresh me as well.  I can tell a significant difference in my energy level after a nap.

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  • Pastor Shaw

    I have been a napper for the last 20 years (as long as I have been self-employed).  People often compliment me for having so much energy, and being able to work long hours.  Little do they know that I “recharge” after lunch.  They assume I spend my lunch hour eating.  Eating takes 15 minutes.  I will nap for 30 minutes, then take a walk for 10 to 15 minutes.  Afterwards, I’m charged and ready to go for several more hours.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Crain/1239615865 David Crain

    Michael, thanks for posting this! From my own experience, I know that different people are wired differently when it comes to naps. My dad is one of those people that can go and go on little sleep. I’m one of those who need more rest (or a midday nap) to help me be most productive. Thanks for this informative post, the celebrity list, and the suggestions to improve nap quality. As a full-time college student, I can appreciate the benefit of being as alert mentally as possible! :-)

  • Thomas Zell

    To misquote Martin Luther . . . I have so much to do today, I don’t have time NOT to take a nap! A 20 minute nap for me is a small price to pay for the alternative . . . four hours of groggy non productivity. My cat (and certain humans I know who can’t fall asleep easily) mock me for taking short naps. But when I get up, I feel like a new man – and am ready to start the second half of my day. One thing that helps the process for me is putting on a very, very light audio book in the background . . . The Chronicles of Narnia, or something similar . . . read by someone with a soft, pleasant voice. That, along with the low / no lights you mention, and a safe-haven environment . . .works like a charm!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m with you, Fr. Thomas. I like listening to a fan or some other white noise.

  • Laura

    I am a napper…but no more than 15-20 minutes. I don’t always fall asleep, but I usually can tell that I got in the “nap zone” because it is usually just enough to rejuvenate me. This started about a year and a half ago because I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which was mostly removed. Once I got home from the hospital I started chemo and radiation and HAD to take a siesta every day….now I’m a lot better and I continue the naps just because I know it makes me feel better and I get my second wind.

    • Jim Martin

      Laura, glad to hear that you are better.  Sounds like you have discovered a very useful rhythm with your daily naps.

  • Paige Willey

    I’ve tried various napping techniques over the years with varied success, but now I find I can’t take them at all. Even though I only nap for 13-26 minutes at a time, I have horrible dreams. So I’ve had to scratch the naps from my day. 

  • Ossi38

    I totally believe in the 20-30 mnute “catnap.” I feel refreshed and more alert afterwards. I don’t do it enough. Maybe now I will schedule it into my day!

  • http://www.christtribe.com/ Bob Holmes

     Great revolutionary post!
    Thanks Michael~
    Excuse me. I’m going for a good nap.

  • Raymond

    As a Coach with Building Champions I get to share with many of my clients what I have found to be THE BEST NAP, ever. 
    Combine cof­fee and nap­time.  Yep. Espresso + a Nap. 
    com­bi­na­tion has been sci­en­tif­i­cally val­i­dated by Lough­bor­ough Uni­ver­sity in the UK.Ingest­ing a shot of espresso, fol­lowed imme­di­ately by a 20 minute nap,
    can fend off  the after­noon crash. The caf­feine
    has to travel through your gastro-intestinal tract before it kicks in,
    which gives you just enough time to take a good nap.
    When you awake, you’re refreshed by the nap and hopped up by the
    caf­feine. The result is increased men­tal acu­ity and
    phys­i­cal sta­mina. 
    Caf­feine + Rest = The per­fect for­mula for the CONTRARIAN’s nap!Raymond Gleason, Executive Coachhttp://www.coachtothecontrary.com/2010/06/guide-to-the-contrarians-nap/

    • Jim Martin

      Raymond, how interesting!  I have experienced the effects this before, but never thought through what was actually happening.  Thanks!

  • Chalam55

    It is so refreshing to read that napping is the way to go! I have been a “napper” all my life without it affecting my nighttime rest (which is never good regardless of nap or no nap). However, if the nap doesn’t happen by 5pm, I skip it.

    Napping divides my day from work to home. As soon as I hit the door, kick off my shoes, I snooze for about 15-30 minutes. I feel ready to conquer whatever tasks I have at home to get done.

    Sundays are my favorite napping time, usually between writing and editing. Napping gives my eyes a break from the computer screen and my brain from the strain.

    Thanks for a wonderful article.

  • Gayhart

    Johnny Cash napped before every show…I read about it in his biography. If it’s good enough for Johnny, it’s good enough for me.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I wasn’t aware of that. Good to know.

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    I had been taking naps during my lunch hour. It sure helped get through the rest of the day but I had to stop when my alarm didn’t go off and I was late getting back to work. 

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    Thanks for sharing that fact about Johnny Cash. You learn something new everyday!

  • Deitra Brunner

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  • JBCollinet

    A sleep cycle lasts 90 minutes. I admit to have some trouble believing in the benefits of a 20-minutes nap… Yet I do nap. Actually I don’t even conceive a dichotomic night/day pattern as far as I am concerned. I cut a circadian cycle (circa=around, dies=day) into manageable chunks, and I nap when needed. To be really honest… I don’t have any sleep pattern according to my job. It’s now 4:03 GMT+1 and I’m in my peak activity zone. Even though sleep cycles last 90 minutes, I noticed that I am in zombie mode or clipping mode every 4-hour shift. Heh, I’m wired this way!

  • http://www.logallot.com/ Sonia

    I love taking naps. My man thinks I am nuts, but after a rough week, my body needs to rest and replenish. I figure a good nap keeps me healthy and my mind fresh for the next day. Same reasons why kids need naps… your body needs to rest.

  • Alex Dail

    I myself love naps; and it is one thing I would sanction in a work place. Unfortunately most people are not aware of the benefits, so I never worked at a place that tolerated naps. One way I found that is almost as good is to put on a pair of head phones and listen to instrumental music that relaxes me; it also like the key trick (you mentioned someone using) gives me a time line to stop the respite and get back to work.

  • Shane Bekker

    Hi Micheal, I really liked this about napping. I remember my grandfather used to do this every afternoon. I used to think it was because he was getting older and needed a boost of energy. That was absolutely right. I’ve used to do the old nap in the car at lunch break, 30 minutes (10 minute eat, 20 minute nap). I was refreshed and my day somehow seemingly went quicker. It’s a practice I need to get back into the groove of again. Alertness I get, but smarter, I’m not so sure, but then again alertness can be related to being smarter. Thanks again for the post.

  • D Fritch

    Naps absolutely boost energy and productivity for me. In addition to shading your eyes with a blanket or hat I have found that smiling causes me to fall asleep right away. It seems after about 2 seconds of intentionally smiling I can literally feel tension start to melt.

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  • http://somewiseguy.com ThatGuyKC

    I LOVE taking naps. During the week I make it a habit to sleep on the bus ride to/from work. I always feel refreshed and it helps me decompress on the way home so I’m alert for the family.

    The catch is that my sleeping habits at night aren’t all that great. I average 4-5 hours because of staying up late to watch TV or get hang out with my wife after the kids go to bed. Then I wake up at 3-3:30 to write and go to the gym before work.

    Also, Sunday afternoon naps are a mandate. Even my wife knows they are non-negotiable.

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    I need to show this to my wife…

  • http://candelierious.blogspot.com Lis

    What an amazing post!  I always feel better after a nap, and I’m certainly not going to feel guilty about it anymore!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.suesz Eric Suesz

    I take a nap every day at 3 p.m. for 15-20 minutes. Been doing that for almost a decade, and it’s made all the difference. My co-workers sometimes scoff at me, but some of my work environments (actually most) have had a dedicated nap room. I can’t imagine not doing it this way at this point. If my employer told me that I couldn’t do this, I’d probably just walk out the door. Try it! I use this napping software sometimes. Actually works great. http://pzizz.com/

  • Lola

    Napping reduces pain.  Nap to take a load off of your back, feet, and other joints.
    You’ll feel better after you wake up.

    Napping makes you beautiful.  After your nap you won’t have sagging eyelids,
    watery eyes, a yawning mouth, or a scowl on your face.   S-M-I-L-E !

  • Allisonsmith18

    I can honestly say, that my mother had always gotten onto me about napping during the day, but I would feel so exausted from the night before, that I couldn’t really help that I was feeling sluggish, so I would take a nap.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie11710 Jamie Compton

    Yes! I believe napping restores my energy and mentality to finish projects and other works. I always take mine after lunch starting around 2:30-3:30 (depending when I can break for lunch). Napping encourages me to do the things on my To-Do list that my body refuses to do. I use to think I was slothful and lazy, but now I do not think so. I would be an underachiever to not take naps!

  • Danie Marie

    I’ve always been a napper, although I’ve tried not to over the last couple of years because I have so much trouble sleeping at night. I’ll admit to over sleeping during the day because I’m so tired much of the time. But now that you’ve given me permission, I’m going to do just that! Take a nap. And this time I’ll set an alarm…

  • Mary Henderson

    I just woke up from one and read your post…nice!

  • Katiemooreyaegashi

    It’s good to put a pillow under your feet. Even if I don’t fall asleep, I can get up refreshed after 30 minutes.

  • http://sevenroots.com/ Tiyo Kamtiyono

    This is good idea, tough not really applicable to all kind of job fields. That’d be better to take an early sleep on night, that everyone will be able to do it.

  • http://www.chaplainmike.com/ Mike Hansen

    I’m not right now, not on a regular basis anyway. But I have done it at work in my office. I do it on the floor so I don’t get too comfortable and go off to to a real deep sleep. But I see the point of being comfortable, yes. It is wonderfully amazing to see the effects of good sleep. I work in a hospital, and especially in the ICU I see people who are put to sleep on purpose for healing.

    It was at seminary that I really started napping-right after our second child was born, not getting the sleep needed. I would go take my books and notes for studying or reading in the car to a park and do what I could, doze off, then begin again. It worked pretty well.

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  • http://www.irunurun.com/blog/ Travis Dommert

    A friend of mine has made his naps famous.  He is the top producer on his sales team by a wide margin…and it is because of this (and probably this alone) that he was able to get away with a daily power nap amidst a work-work-work culture.  He said it drove people nuts.  But the proof is in the pudding!

  • Rhonda Purtee

    Quick question – if I’m going to try a nap after lunch, are there foods that will help/hinder falling asleep? My husband can fall asleep at will; me, not so much. I’d like to maximize my odds for success.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Any foods with caffeine will hinder your ability to fall asleep, even chocolate. I would avoid those. Thanks.

  • Kdlees

    Yes – try to 4-5 times a week!

  • Sarah Doss

    I have fibromyalgia and a nap energizes me.  I too used to feel guilty about napping only because others perceived it as me being lazy.  I try to avoid napping but sometimes I just cannot help it. 

  • Ruth Kim

    Thanks for the post Michael! I’m a 4th year college student, and I’ve always felt guilty  about that afternoon lull where I feel really drowsy and get very little work done. I will definitely have to try out the 20-minute power nap! :)

  • Wynnette

    When an office worker, I did take 5-10 minute naps sitting in my chair after lunch, and was able to wake myself up to end them.  I always take a nap after lunch, and try not to sleep so long that I end up groggy & sluggish.  I think it’s a great thing to do.

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  • http://www.caminomyway.com/ Randall St Germain

    Although I’m sure it would help me recharge my afternoon, I just can’t seem to actually sleep. However, I’ll often put on blindfolds and lay down to give my eyes a rest from the computer. A good post, Michael, and it reminds me that I need to relax better.

  • eventualmillionaire

    I love this! I feel much better about my napping. I love to work but I also love a midday nap.
    I use the “Sleep Cycle” iPhone app so I’m not groggy when I wake up in the morning, maybe I should try it for napping too! :)

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  • http://twitter.com/colliecoburn Collie Coburn

    Yes!!  Count me in!  Just might be a good alternative to drinking 2 cups of coffee in the afternoon.

  • http://stephanieromero.wordpress.com/ Stephanie Romero

    I work from home writing web content and I find that a nap in the middle of my day recharges me for the afternoon.  I am more likely to take one when I didn’t get enough sleep the night before.  But it is amazing how much better I feel after just 20 minutes of napping.

  • http://www.johngallagherblog.com John Gallagher

    Mike,  Thanks for sharing.  I am not a ‘regular’ napper.  However, I find the timing of this post impeccable.  This week after lunch, I set my alarm and shut my eyes for 15 minutes in the car between coaching appointments and my did it make me feel better.  I need to consider making this a regular occurence and see how I can make this work while engaged at the client. 

  • http://lifelessonshopefaithlove.blogspot.com/ Vanessa Tachenko

    The points above are good, however a couple of health concerns come to mind: 1) the desire to nap after a meal is natural because our body’s organs are wanting to work overtime to break down the food we just ingested… the health nut in me wants to ask Michael, do you chew well? how many varities of food are you eating at one time? How much are you eeating during lunch? Haha!
    2) sleeping immediately after a meal over time can lead to acid reflux. The acids in our stomachsare flowing after a meal to help break down the food we eat… when we lie down after a meal those acids can easily travel into our esophagus.. so if you must sleep after a meal, sleep with your head propped up or in a sitting position.hopefully this is readable… I’m typing all this from my phone. :) besides these concerns napping is a great thing! Ha!

  • Rsr777

    Thanks Michael for this article.  Being a very early morning person, short naps are refreshing and definitely an energy booster. ~I will rest better knowing I don’t have to feel guilty any more.

  • http://twitter.com/kenzopaz Enzo Paz

    I am an napper! I used my vacant time to sleep after lunch. 

  • Jin

    I always take a nap after lunch, in my car. It has been this way since a year ago, because I sleep an average of 6.5 hrs at night and it isnt enough. 

    I find myself feeling more alert and energetic after the 20 mins nap in the afterno0n

  • http://twitter.com/laurabdallas Laura Dallas

    I have read that lying down after eating is bad for your digestion. You haven’t had any problem with heartburn or anything while napping right after lunch?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Nope. I have not.

  • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

    This is really interesting. I took some youth to a conference from Thursday-Saturday and then preached Sunday morning. I was pretty tired so I took a nap yesterday afternoon but I don’t typically take one. I have never thought about some of the points you mentioned in this post though. I would have to find a time. I’m not sure my wife would appreciate me taking a nap after lunch while she is pregnant and having to run after our very alert little boy. 

  • Carolina Domingues

    I am a big believer in naps. When I have a huge test to study for, I have found that napping before studying helps me clear my mind of the day and allowing me to focus deeply on the studying. Great post!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rosamariagaldamez Rosa Galdamez

    I love to take a nap, when I can I call Beauty sleep

  • http://twitter.com/JoshCousineau Josh Cousineau

    Helpful, thanks!

  • WilliamIV

    I nap because I like to watch sports.  I rise at 4 Am and it is hard to stay alert for 18 to 20 hours. I call it sharpening the ax.

  • http://debrastangfreelancewriter.typepad.com/freelance-writer-and-soci/ Debra

    I wake up way early and write until early afternoon. Then I start to lose my drive and concentration–a perfect time to squeeze in a nap. I’m back to the computer by mid afternoon and ready to work on my fiction projects late into the evening.

  • http://www.gailsangle.com Gail

    After reading this and a few comments there is just one question that comes to mind – how do we make a daily nap a culturally acceptable  part of life after kindergarten?

  • jcrouse

    It seems to take the stress away.

  • http://twitter.com/judyheminsley Judy Heminsley

    I think that being able to take naps is one of the best benefits of working from home. I started napping when I ran a cleaning business that demanded early morning and evening hours, as I was physically tired by the afternoon and needed the sleep. So now I associate naps with working hard, not with slacking. I find naps solve many problems I can’t work out logically and provide many creative ideas. And sometimes only a full 2 hours will do!

  • http://blog.higherpixels.com/ Brian

    I’m wondering why this position – that napping is good for us – is so counter-culture? I’d feel so guilty about naping during the work day, but often count it as a requirement for my two toddler-aged girls…because they need it! Maybe I need to do it too?

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Definitely, Brian! It is counter-cultural but I think that’s beginning to change with discussions like this!

  • Stephanie

    I’m a non-napper for three reasons: my three daughters (ages 3, 5, and just about to be born!). ;)

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Wow, Stephanie. A 24/7 job like that means that any sleep is a nap for you! You definitely have to figure out what works for your personal situation. I hope if you do ever get a chance to work in naps, that you will feel good about it!

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  • Sophiadvasquez

    I grew up on naps! If I didn’t take one, I would get in BIG trouble! I got away from them when ministry became my focus, but am going back to them now, because I believe in good old fashion naps! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pamela-Jarvis/1336629550 Pamela Jarvis

    Yepper! I feel good when I nap. Usually from 2pm until 245pm. Gives me a second wind.

  • http://afocusedpurpose.com/ CoachYvonne

    Why is it we Americans feel guilty for napping? It’s habitual all over the world. Let’s join them. Thanks for sharing and helping us not feel guilty.

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  • Jim

    Yes I have been a napper for many years. Ever since I fell asleep at the wheel I have always been a committed napper. Even if I am at my desk and feel like I am zoning out I walk out of the office, drive across the street to the grocery store parking lot and take a 20 min. nap and return refreshed.

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  • Stella

    My mother took a nap every day.  When I would come home from school, there she would be, taking a nap – EVERY DAY!!!  She is 67 years old and in Afghanistan serving as clerical aide to the Sargeant!  She has more energy than anyone I know!

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    Napping is a must.  I’m just in a better mood after I nap and ready to get going.  I can nap in a reclining chair but if I’m really tired, the bed is more relaxing.  The other thing I have learned is how to do a good stretch in a reclining chair while reducing oxygen intake.  This cause you to yawn and stretch! (Like a cat).  Then you can really relax after getting some of that stress out of your body.  How to:  Hold a stretch position (arms above you, etc).  Hold your breath as long as comfortable.  Release your breath and hold again if you can.  Keep doing this using different stretch positions (feet, legs, arms, back), until you feel this uncontrollable desire to yawn, which you will do, bringing in oxygen and causing you to want to stretch more-releasing all that stored up tension/energy.  When you stop, you will feel like you are sinking into the chair. 

    • Shane Bekker

      When I read your comment on stretching it to make your self yawn, it made me yawn without trying. I wonder whether that’s in the psychic of our brain. Your right, it does help you relax your body to nap.

  • Patti Damesworth

    I certainly AM a napper!  I am famous for my napping.  I had 3 children in 3 years and my goal in life was to get them all down for naps at the same time, so I could take one, too.  Now that they are grown and gone, I still nap daily.  I am definitely more productive, cheerful, and energetic  with a “cat nap” under my belt – some lasting less than 10 minutes, most in the 15 to 20 minute range.  I think the entire world population should be required to take a nap.  It would do wonders for productivity, crankiness, and world peace!

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  • Arianne Hellwig

    I love taking naps. but I’ve always been embarrassed about it . It is so good to finally find someone who agrees with me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Griggs/540929792 Richard Griggs

    I have to admit i have found that napping has kept me sharper and energized for a lot longer than others around me. Im a soldier in the Royal Artillery and on exercises there are times where we are waiting for new fire missions to be sent. This time is used for personal admin, and I’ve used it to take short naps. 
    It has allowed me to keep my reactions and moral high, even on 3-4 week exercises, where you will be lucky to sleep for 6 hours in one go. 

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  • Colins573

    I like the part where he advises sleeping in a closet haha

  • SamVanDyke

    Very encouraging post, thank you. I nap almost every day. I get up at 4am, eat a big breakfast at 6am, and nap for 20 mins at 9:30am. It makes my day efficient and fresh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/drjimalley Jim Alley

    one of the best things God created since sliced bread!

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  • Lyn

    We only have a half an hour for lunch!

  • Beth

    I do nap when I can, usually a couple times a week. Because I stay home with three small children and my husband works nights so sleeps in later every day, the timing isn’t very consistent. Usually it’s a 1:30pm nap when my younger two take their naps, but sometimes it is around 11am when my husband gets up. I haven’t mastered the art of short naps, however. Mine usually end up lasting a couple hours. I need to train my body to take short ones, and I’d love to do it every day! 

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  • http://www.elizabethingersoll.blogspot.com BethIngersoll

    I go to my car during lunch a few days a week. I set my cell phone alarm for 30 minutes, and catch a few zzz’s–I have even started leaving a small pillow in my car just for that purpose. I had difficulty falling asleep at first, but have no trouble now. It frequently makes a huge difference in my energy and my attitude! I absolutely think it is a good idea.

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  • J. Gary Ellison

    You can add President Harry Truman to the list, according to David McCullough’s biography. A daily nap was part of Truman’s regimen.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Good to know. Thanks.

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  • Shannon Johnson

    I’m all for naps. Even hit TV shows like Friends and Seinfeld used naps as the subject of entire episodes.  Whether it was George napping under his customized desk or Joey and Ross as nap partners napping together on the couch, naps are often made fun of, unfortunately. I think this stigma would go away if we all had nap partners, however…  

    Grab a buddy, take a nap!  

    What a world this could be…

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JUF3MCHUZLDEMLZVL7BC7BNJYA Marsha

    During my off days I’m a napper. Only when I get home from work that is so tiring is when I do take a snooze.  I wish I can take a nap everyday around the same time. Maybe when I get older I will…..

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  • http://www.howtowakeupearly.org/ How to Wake Up

    I personally take an opportunity most days to have my own quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of my work day. Even though my employer would probably frown upon this, they are actually benefiting from it!

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  • Tina

    I’m not a napper however from time to time I’ll take a 15 minute nap. I agree that a short nap helps with alertness. Taking too long of a nap always makes me groggy so I stick with 15-20 minutes & feel great afterwards! Thanks for the post.

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  • Rjo

    Its even good for your skin : )

  • http://www.revivallifestyle.com/ Daniel Vogler

    I’ll have to try that! I problem usually is takes me 30minutes to fall asleep. I guess you can practise that.

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  • http://www.relativelyaverage.com Aaron

    I used to occasionally sneak in a midday nap in my car if I was really dragging, but it was when I lived in a cooler climate. Now that I live in Phoenix there’s a pretty good chance I wouldn’t wake up from the experience.

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  • Test

    I am a napper.

  • Jus_ta_cowgirl

    I love my naps and feel energized after waking up. I must admit when I was a kid I hated them. Now I pray for them…lol

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  • TeachingLearner

    Consider this infographic on napping 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That’s a very cool infographic.

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  • http://www.enterprisestrategies.com/ Warren Wooden

    I’m sold! I was feeling a little tired (to be fair I’m online working at 7:00 and usually finish about 10:00 pm) but being an entrepreneur I’m in the process of building  a business and the list of “to do” items is daunting to look at. I think I can manage 30 min without feeling too guilty! :)

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  • http://www.proservicesks.com Frank Woodman Jr

    As a napper of many years I can attest to all of the benefits you ascribe to naps. It’s like you turn your day into 2 shorter days in a days place. I know that naps aren’t something I would want to give up. Sadly it’s tough to keep up the habit in this modern world of gadgets and all that  keep you messed up all the time. But we true nappers find a way. And now I’ve got a good article to show them when people start making cracks about how good for them a nap is.

    Anyway thanks for the article but if you’ll excuse me it’s time for my nap.  

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  • Rosemaryduval

    I live napping, I’m not consistent but after reading this I will make appoint if it,
    Especially since I work from home now. I have no excuse

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  • Ro Atkinson

    I wish I was a napper.  I often feel like I am going to drop off at my desk but if I actually attempt to do so I find I can’t.  Perhaps I will have to start sleeping in my chair.

  • ballarinadust

    I have hard time sleeping only for 20-30mins…normally turns it to something disastrous like 2-3hours… Mostly because at night I sleep like crap during the day I can crash so easy . I hate it! Maybe I’ll try it once everyday , hard to do it at the same but I will try to do around the same time (ie :afternoon naps).  Usually like to do it before my homework or study because hard to do homework when all you can think about is pillows and blankets. Thanks for the good information , sometimes I need to reminded that napping doesn’t mean your lazy .

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  • Phillip Peng

    I have been struggled for years if I should take a nap during the day. Your post definitely set me free. I don’t have to feel guilty any more. Thanks.

  • Adc

    I find that I need a nap. I get up early and go to bed late. If I don’t nap, my brain switches off by about 8pm.

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  • Lauren

    You left out Princess Grace; also famous for her daily naps—was absolutely not to be disturbed!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5PPSHDMGNDP6ZENEBTELM5PPI4 Marc

    I nap everyday. One 30 minute nap on my lunch break then a nap when I get home no more than an hour. Usually 30-40 minutes before I play hockey or exercise or whatever the rest of my day holds. It is amazing what naps do for you. I don’t necessarily need the naps but if I don’t take them I can definitely tell a difference in production and performance. Naps work for me, not to say they work for everyone.

  • TeachingLearner

    More evidence of the value of a nap http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ_f9onTTQE&feature=plcp

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  • Barbara Gwen

    I’m a journalist, and I work very long, awkward hours. Some days my jobs is is 24-7, complete with a lot of running around and frantic working to submit a story before deadline. Nevertheless, sometimes I just really have to take a nap, and this goes double for the days I don’t sleep. Although I have slept at my desk (I’m definitely not the first to do so at my job) I usually try to find an empty conference room. Sometimes I’ll even head over to the college near me and take a snooze at their library where it is nice and quiet– plenty of students doing that! 

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  • me

    i take a nap one day a week at least ,automatically with out planning for it , it takes an hour and sometimes more , i try to nap before evening because if  i nap after 5 i wake up angry , i don’t think that it is good to take a nap everyday cuz you waste your time .

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  • Jill H

    My day relies heavily on napping, and at times I have trouble staying awake. As a university student, my drive throughout the day decreases and I often doze off when trying to accomplish work.

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  • Ssuarez0425

    oh yeah, napping during my lunch hour, I remembered those days, it was wonderful. How I did it? in my car. (not in Winter time)

  • Mooseman4848

    I nap every day before 4:00 pm

  • Jordanslost

    Napping shortens the life of males who have a testosterone ran system. Sleeping lowers testosterone. Don’t take naps. 

    • DiGlMut

      There is a reason you feel dizzy/docile after naps that are so hard to fall asleep to. You didn’t need it and strain you mental system. 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/gilmichelini Gil Michelini

    An anesthesiology friend taught me how to power nap (12-20 minutes) based on his experience of staying alert between surgeries. It has always come easy for me to do just as Micheal says: go to sleep quickly, sleep hard, and wake up refreshed.

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  • Amanda

    I’ve heard that if you wake up early you should nap around midday whereas people who wake up late should have a late afternoon nap , around 3 o’clock. I think napping is good thing, as astudent i’ve tend to doze off in long lectures,esepcially at 3pm, so i’ve tried to take a nap . But it is hard to find a private place to do it.

    I hope workplaces takes in consideration that power nap does wonders to productivity.

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  • http://www.InHISNameHR.com Mark A. Griffin

    I have not had a nap since kindergarten. I have a lot of catching up to do.

  • http://smallbusinesstalent.com/ Stephen Lahey

    The only time I nap during the day is when I’m fighting a virus. But your post has me thinking that I should try it. Now that I’m 50, I might just be calm enough to enjoy a nice nap. :)

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  • Scott Torrance

    I love napping during the day and find myself hugely refreshed afterwards but find it difficult to do it consistently. Very easy when I’m working from home but not so easy in a busy office or during a client engagement. Does anyone have any tips for getting round these obstacles? I have heard of people disappearing to the toilet/restroom but that doesn’t sound ideal to me.

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  • Carly T.

    I nap every day after lunch if I want to or not. It has become a joke in my office because literally within 30 min of eating, my eyes start closing and stay closed for 10-20 min every day. I find that when I wake up, I have my second wind and am able to work the rest of the day no problem! I totally support napping and find people who can’t evil…. people who cannot let their mind rest must be plotting something diabolical, no? ha ha.

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  • Ang

    I’m napper. I love napping. I feel better after napping. I feel more productive, my performance increasing. But I don’t recommend long napping, after long napping I feel bad, more tired .

  • spencer

    i am a real napper i love naps especially after college but sometimes i have classes so i just skip if i a to tired

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  • Balachandran

    I have been napping for the past 23 years and it is really very helpful. I am alert in the evening mentally and fit physically.

  • Ron Foos

    I take “cat naps” sometimes just short little 10 to 15 min. In the afternoon, more so when I was younger….but still do on occasion. I was embarrassed about it but my music manager told me Kennedy did the same thing and was brilliant, so I stopped being embarrassed about it.

  • becky hess

    I have an extremely difficult time napping unless I am exhausted. Growing up I was a latch key kid and was responsible for picking up house, getting dinner going, throwing in a load of laundry etc after school. If I was caught napping after school I was in big trouble. My dad always said it was sign of laziness. Consequently, I rarely sit down even during the day let alone nap. I recognize I am tired but am too wired and busy and hang onto that feeling of “I don’t want to be seen as lazy”

    • esarbee

      Hi Becky,
      I respect your answer to your napping dilemma. I see napping a rejuvination of the soul and body to refocus for the next part of the journey. Sleep has it’s place as we all need it, napping is a choice, but to feel it’s being lazy, I believe is not good. You need to allow your body time to recover. You’ll have less sick days and a more fulfilled life. Give yourself permission to nap. Don’t let what someone says about being lazy to stop you having your rest-times. Your not lazy, your actually smart, because your body needs rest. What someone says about you napping as lazy doesn’t make you a success but instead walk in unnecessary fear. God bless and nap, you deserve it.

  • Peter Beisner

    I lived in Ethiopia and Uganda for half a year a while ago–did lots of work and traveling. I found an afternoon nap to be the most physically, mentally, and even spiritually refreshing practice! It quickly became my sacred time. I noticed a lot of people in those two cultures using naps as well.

    Also, when I do nap, I close my eyes and focus intently on breathing very deeply and slowly. I focus my mind on the blankness and peace of the sleep to come. I don’t think of life while I drift to sleep, I THINK of SLEEP and DIVE into it. I find it helps me to fall asleep almost immediately and rest very peacefully.

    Thanks for the post, Michael!

  • jdizzl

    I don’t drive to work so there is really nowhere to nap in the downtown of a major city. I googled this because my girlfriend naps.. And I can’t remember the last time I took a nap, maybe when I was 10 or something. Maybe I have too much energy or something, I’ve tried a few times and I just don’t fall asleep. Even at night if I don’t expend enough energy I don’t sleep as good. So I try to burn out energy by doing some good physical activity after work so I can get deeper zonked out sleep. I wonder if not needing to nap is caused by being healthier? I eat super healthy and exercise regularly and a distance runner, don’t smoke, don’t drink caffeine, etc. I’m not trying to boost myself, I’m just wondering if it is physiological. I’m also not a morning person at all… so when most people need a nap in the late afternoon, I’m just starting to peak in energy, hence, not nap time for me for sure.

  • Rateeba

    I took a nap one time but it think i slept for an hour and wake up groggy also confused! I was in a rush and was i need to do my homework and all that. It was like being disoriented. does that happen when you take naps?

  • spasstron cuntface

    I run for 10K in the Morning every day except Sunday. When I get back I eat lunch and sit down for an hour and watch YouTube, except Fridays when I clean the bathroom and vacuum. During this time after the run, in front of the computer I always feel like a nap but I fight against it because of the stigma and usually masturbate instead.

  • Kylee

    I am a high school senior and I nap almost every day. When I come home I usually sleep for three or four hours, now I know this isn’t recommended but I’ve always had trouble sleeping at night even before I did come home and sleep so I figure it can’t hurt any and I don’t usually have any more trouble sleeping at night if I nap as opposed to when I don’t nap.
    My dad works in a factory and usually when he comes home he naps in his chair for about a half an hour and then goes and does whatever he needs to do that evening.
    I don’t see anything wrong with taking a small nap at the end of the day.

  • Sara

    I take naps everyday. It makes me feel
    More likely to do more things. I only nap for about 30 minutes a day don’t over sleep or you wil not feel well
    In the morning.because you will be up all night.

  • Jackie White

    Going for a nap right now!!!

  • Daily Napper

    I am in last year of high school and take a nap everyday. My day starts at 5:45 am and I am back home around 3:00 pm. After about half an hour, once I have had my lunch and changed my clothes, I take a nap everyday on the couch. It really helps me get ready for further studies, homework or basketball in the evening. Most of all, since my body knows it will get some rest I can avoid falling asleep during classes, and my attention is also boosted. I don’t know why people think that nappers are lazy, because frankly speaking, it is better than dozing off in the middle of something important, which includes the familiar ‘vicious nodding’, where you are neither awake nor resting.

  • Renee Kellam

    I gave up coffee recently and I find myself napping every single day. :( I don’t like it and I am not used to it. But maybe I should shift my thinking about naps. Deep down I know they’re normal and healthy, but I am just so used to going and going and going!

  • http://www.stephenpbrown.com/ Stephen P Brown

    Absolutely agree. Been doing it for years around 2-2:30pm. Am somewhat embarrassed by it, but I get so much more accomplished. My power naps always seem to be 7 minutes exactly and I am Unconscious! But when I wake, it is a surge of energy that lasts for hours and hours – no need for stimulants like tea, coffee or “5-hour energy” (ugh).

  • pdenney

    I am a napper! My mom was a napper and I just assumed that I learned from her example. She was very wise in my teens to allow me to take a nap after school. I really appreciated it then because I was exhausted from school and honestly had NOTHING left for homework or chores.

    I do a lot of mentoring and often find myself weary after times of investing. I’ve always felt guilty for needing a 10-20 minute rest…but not any more! Thank you for taking the stigma off of the nap and giving ideas to maximize our time, energy and creativity.

  • Kailey

    Naps are great!

  • Biff California

    I’ve been napping after work for about 30 years! It is one of my rituals and almost an absolute must to recharge my batteries for a productive evening. 30 minutes is just about perfect and I love the experience and hope to never give it up. I’m an early riser and by the time I get my nap I’ve been up for 11 hours so I’m ready for a rest. To me it’s a great brain & body recharger and I recommend it to everyone. Men are much better at it than women and it’s not everyone cup of tea but for many of us it’s one of the best parts of the day :)

  • Tony Morales

    I take naps quite a bit but i wish i could only do it for 30 minutes. Thats what i always tell myself (30 minute nap). Next thing i know 2-3 hours passed, lol..

  • Marnie

    I nap every day…almost. Usually around 2 or 3. My problem is I usually fall soundly asleep for a good hour which makes it hard to wake up and I often wake up in a panic that I have slept the day away. I am hearing impaired and I have definitely found that by napping it allows me to be more alert in the afternoon/evenings. I have let go of the guilt from everyday naps because I realize it gives my ears a complete break from having to listen. It makes me a happier person at night while spending time with my family rather than being too tired to listen.

  • Elisha

    I am such a napper and everyone- family, friends, even my children know I have to take naps! If I don’t take one, I am the most unproductive person and very irritable coz I’m so tired. All I need is the good 20-30 min. “power nap” and I’m ready to roll after that! After time my husband (who is not a napper), realizes I need my naps and don’t mess with me as I’m getting my beauty nap:)

  • http://www.Cultivate.ws/ Twon Mai

    This is one of the best articles ever. I show it to so many people.

  • Susan Sage

    I am definitely a napper. Without it I become even more useless and unproductive as the day wears on. I can tell the difference in my attitudes and outlook on days I haven’t napped. Also, my health demands it.

  • Gordon Hanson

    Although I get criticized by my hiperactive, jittery, overstressed counterparts, I generally take a short nap on the days a can. Though I was never sure why, it seemed I was more productive on those days…I always attributed this “boosting energy” A.K.A. the famous power nap.

  • Mithilesh Tarkar

    Well, i Recently started napping in the afternoon, feels like its due to too much stressi have been experiencing recently ..to much multitasking..handling a lot of different jobs in a day keeps me occupied but also stresses me..but dont knw,that afternoon nap of 30 min did make me feel better …so i think i am going to make it regular habit tooo if it can be used to increase productivity..

  • Triloksinghfartyal

    I am not a regular napper. But whenever I got a chance to take snap I found that it refreshes and energises me.whatever I found in Google proves that.

  • G.

    I nap every day for 1 and a half hours.I do this to mostly forget any frustration or stress.above all it provides me with a much needed energy boost. Until recent I assumed taking a nap as often as I do was a unhealthy habit.some times the refreshment I get from a special what I like to call a “glorious” nap is something I wouldn’t trade for any thing that day.there’s nothing better to me then waking up feeling like a million bucks.

  • Linda

    Good to know I’ve been doing something good for myself for quite a while now! YEA! Napping a daily habit I will now keep and not fell guilty about it.

  • http://www.leadlifewell.com/ Marvae

    I agree! Sleep is vital! Taking a nap does not work for me. when I do it feels like I have been drugged and slows me down. More power to those it does work for!

  • Yvonne Ortega

    I used to take a nap daily. Unfortunately, I got out of the habit except for Sunday afternoon, but I noticed myself fighting sleep mid-afternoon. After reading your post, I’ve decided I need to resume my afternoon nap on a daily basis. Thank you for this post, Michael.

  • http://www.productiveinsights.com/ Ash

    Great article. I love taking naps and I try and take one everyday. Great to know I’m in good company!

  • ConnieBennett

    I love this! Wow — those are a lot of impressive, famous nappers! These studies are great, too. Think I’ll go take a nap shortly. What I’d like to know, though, is at your recent fabulous Launch conference, did you slip away and take naps?!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Ugh. Unfortunately, I didn’t. But I took one yesterday and today!

  • Rosanne

    I just thought I was a low energy person but I take a 20-30 minute nap most days. I always get way more done after my nap than I would if I had tried to power through my energy slump after lunch!



  • cindy

    im not a napper, but I will be doing this starting tomorrow. though it’s hard though since i sleep in during the weekend, and i know it’s best when you go to sleep and wake up around the same time during weekends and weekdays ……

  • Malcolm

    I grew up in England, and in the school I went to it was understood that the masters were not to be disturbed during their afternoon nap. This convinced me that the nap was one of the privileges of being an educated person. Unsurprisingly I now enjoy that privilege myself, and as a Physician recommend it to others. That’s enough writing for now…time for my nap!

  • Bryan

    Prophet Mohammed PBUH too, Sir. He was a napper.

  • http://mysilpada.com/ruby.brewer-watkins Ruby B

    I love this article… I have been taking naps during the middle of the day and I felt so guilty! But after reading this article, I don’t feel as bad :)

  • Michael leng

    Yes, so do I. After my lunch time, I usually take a nap for around 15 min everyday. It makes me fresh.
    Love it.

  • Courtney Brooks

    I’m a 21 year old female and I find myself taking a nap around 4 or 5 a clock in the afternoon. Not really sure why this is happening, I mean I’m young I should be full of energy, but I’m just not and quite frankly the thought of doing anything that I don’t absolutely have to that would make me leave my room isn’t entertaining to me. Maybe something else is wrong? I’m not sure.

    • esarbee

      Have you thought of going to see a doctor just to check your blood, sugar and your iron levels? That may be affecting your tiredness. Also staying in one place with out moving around makes one tired. Allow a bit of fresh air into your room. If you get the afternoon sun in your window, the warmth from the sun, without fresh air in the room can cause drowsiness. Remember that having naps is a good thing for your mind. Have a good day.

  • daisy

    Napping is my favorite pastime! Ahhh…. just found your topic on napping by way of Modern Mrs. Darcy… by way of She Reads.org. My sister and I are always sending each other notes or pic of references to support our thoughts that naps will improve the world.

  • Donna L. Woods-Clements

    No more guilt!

  • Andrew Jones

    Hi Michael,
    I would love to be able to take these 20 to 30 minute naps but here is where I struggle:

    It takes longer than 20 minutes just to slow my brain down, if I set an alarm for 30 mins I have only just about closed my eyes.

    At about the 30 minute mark I would fall asleep for maybe an hour or even 2 and then feel much worse for it, like waking in the morning after a terribly restless nights sleep.

    How could I train my body to take these ” power naps” ?

    I appreciate all your posts and podcasts and have just joined your subscribers list. Thank you.

    Andrew Jones.
    North Wales. UK.

  • JJ

    I take lunchtime naps in my car every week day. I eat my lunch, read the news, then I nap for about ten minutes. Wow! I wake up so refreshed and revived – it’s unbelievable. The problem is, many people do not know how to nap. It truly is a skill :)

    • JJ

      I forgot to add that I keep a light blanket in my car for napping. It’s bright red!

  • Josh Mitchell

    Must be nice to be able to take a nap, I work 10 to 12 hrs a day “not by choice” mon – fri and wheni get off work it’s always right around 11pm on average I also have 2 little kids

  • Stephanie Hodges

    This is one of my favorite posts and podcasts (I just came back to it again). As a mom with young kids, I had to learn how to nap effectively. I definitely believe it’s a skill you are able to learn.

  • Hugo Daniel

    I find that napping is pretty rare in my occasion, but my mother naps almost every second day as she has to wake up early and is working in a kindergarten as a teacher. She gives the kids a lot of energy.

    I also find this article useful:


  • http://www.texasthrowback.com TexasThrowback

    I’ve been doing this pretty much daily (during the work week) for about 10 months. Game Changer! Just head out to the car and it’s on! Love daytime siestas!

  • Brandon Mascarenas

    Yes, naps are great. I take mine between 1:30-2 for only about 15 minutes. Any longer and I get too groggy. Love em!

  • Åsa Fisher

    I take daily naps around 4pm, before starting dinner for the family. I set my phone to ring after 30 min. It’s just like dividing the day into two shifts, in my case, my work place and my responsibilities at home as a mom and wife. This way I stay alert until bed time, 11pm, rather than my brain giving up around 8pm.

  • Danny L. Smith

    As I’ve “re-careered” the past 2 months and need to be more creative and engaged in the evenings, I’ve been napping 2-30 minutes late afternoons. This is something I’ve wanted to do for years and now know I should have been doing it all along.

  • JoAnn

    I am 80 years old, I am a “nap taker”, have been since my days of raising 6 children and
    baby-sitting others. Every one took a nap as I did (always say “I slept fast” in order to have energy for the evening “shift” of feeding, bathing and getting kids to bed. Rarely nap over 30 mins. Now that I am OLDER.. I make myself condusive to sleep… take off clothes, put night gown on and my body thinks its’ bedtime! Love it and I am very healthy. I love my second 8 hrs as much as my first.. I do NOT doze in a chair..if that happens, I go to bed.

    I haighly recommend napping but don’t overdo and make it a SLEEP!

  • Mariahere

    Thank you! I am always looking for new ways to improve myself! http://lifestuffs.com/self-improvement/