Celebrating Nap Time



Looking through some old photos this week, I found a common link, (several, actually, but we’ll skate over the cake and wine ones) and wondered if anyone else has studied the strange phenomena of the sudden nap. When I’m writing, the lure of the nap is very strong and almost impossible to resist, especially if the sun’s shining in onto a comfy place and you’ve got a good book:


But surely cat naps are good for the  brain? Whenever you’re in the middle of something tricky (unless its a driving lesson or you’re climbing down a cliff), a nap can only make things better, I reckon.

Here are some examples of how to nap, if you’re struggling to get the hang of it. You have to be wearing comfy clothes:



*Although sometimes your chins become a tad more obvious during the nap, they soon go back to what passes for normal afterwards.







A nap with a trusted friend or family member is often good:



Other times – and I know this will be hard to accept – people (other family members, for example) larf at you when you’re mid snooze and can even be said to try to make a mockery of the nap situation:



Some events can be very tiring, and merit a short snooze – Christmas, for example:









There is a reason for the term ‘CAT NAP’ – they do it a lot. And cats are very happy. I rest my case. Today’s tip – it helps if you’ve got a friend to watch over you. Then nobody can dress you up in a blanket and make you look a bit of a prat.

So, where do you have your best naps? Are they essential, do they make you more efficient, or are they just a sad waste of time and only for the old and doddery amongst us?





  1. Mandy

    I tend not to nap and am slightly envious of those who have mastered it. It is clear from the photographic evidence that you seem to be one of the master nappers and perhaps should do workshops on it. If the workshop is boring then people will fall asleep – job done! I tend to feel sleepy at silly times – late afternoon, but don’t give in to it or I know I would wake at about seven in the evening and find myself unable to sleep when I go to bed. Oh to be able to nap…when’s the workshop? zzzzzz

    • Celia J Anderson

      Oh wow, Mandy – running a napping masterclass! This is what I’ve been building up to all my life! I’d like to sart to plan it right away but sadly it’s almost nap time…I do get up very early…

      • Celia J Anderson

        *start. Already half asleep.

  2. Laura E James

    Lol Ce! I like an after-school, before-making-tea nap. Twenty minutes sets me right 🙂

    • Celia J Anderson

      Twenty minutes is classed as a napette in this house. Ten is a power nap. More than half an hour is quite a big snooze. Over two hours means you might as well get your ‘jamas on and have done with it. xxx 8)

  3. Jan Brigden

    Ce, this post is fab and made me grin from ear to ear. Great photos. I know exactly what you mean about the lure of the nap. I often feel the old eyelids a flutterin’ when I’m hunched over my manuscript, deep in thought or just sitting pondering a scene, etc. I shall have to root out some classic pics of Mr B mid-snooze (there are plenty – lol!) xxx

    • Celia J Anderson

      We could have a snooze-a-thon when we next get together, Jan. Bet it would be a close run thing! xxx

  4. Sue Fortin

    I love napping. Unfortunately, I can nap at completely inappropriate times … at the theatre, at the cinema, at the kitchen table, at work the list goes on

    On the plus side, my nan was a great believer in a nap after lunch and she lived to 100!

    Carry on napping, I say.


    • Celia J Anderson

      100! Well, that says it all, Sue. And after lunch is the best time ever for a nap. I’m with your nan! xxxx

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