(post copyright 2013, Dawn Weber)
Like so many folks, I am a fan of things that can be done without pants.
I refer, of course, to napping. What did you think I meant?
I'm certainly not alone - even the great Sir Winston Churchill was a strong believer in the art of the apparently naked midday rest:
"You must sleep some time between lunch and dinner, and no half-way measures. Take off your clothes and get into bed. That's what I always do. Don't think you will be doing less work because you sleep during the day. That's a foolish notion held by people who have no imagination . . ."
I ran across Sir Churchill's quote on the computer the other night, surfing the web, after realizing that I'd overlooked an Important National Holiday of Great Significance:
National Napping Day, March 11.
Hey - you snooze you lose. Ba-dum-bump. Thank you! I'm here all week. Tip your servers!
It doesn't really surprise me that I missed such a notable event; I have been engaged in an increasingly futile attempt to nap since 1997, when my first child was born.
All forms of sleep, in general, elude me these days - my brain never shuts off - and the older I grow, the less I sleep, to the point where I don't think I will ever lay down long enough to die. I'll just stagger around for centuries - the planet's first certified zombie - a wild-eyed, hideous, rotten old woman, begging strangers for Ambien.
Still, I wish I'd known about this National Napping Day, created in 1999 by presidents of The Napping Company - Boston University (BU) Professor, William Anthony, Ph.D., and his wife, Camille - to promote the health benefits of napping.
In a 2005 Napping Day press release from Boston University, the couple listed several significant advantages of napping. Here at Lighten Up! I am all about pilfering that press release and investigative reporting, so I have backed up some of the Anthony's claims with Scientific Facts from Me - The Expert - on account of the fact that I never successfully nap:
- Napping improves mood - makes you feel better
- Scientific Fact: I am a crabby bitch. Just ask my family.
- Napping improves performance - makes you more productive
- Scientific Fact: I am perpetually tired, therefore, lazy.
- Napping is no sweat - no shower needed
- Scientific Fact: Showering sounds like work. See sentence re: productivity, above.
- Napping is non-fattening - you cannot eat while napping
-Scientific Fact: I'm fat, and getting fatter all the time. Did I mention I cannot nap?
- Napping is no cost - no expensive clothes or equipment needed
- Scientific Fact: As we've discussed, Winston Churchill and I support activities that don't require pants.
- Napping has no dangerous side effects - unless you are driving
-Scientific Fact: I have not, personally, napped while driving, nor have I heard back from anyone who has done so.
Well, thanks to those bits of hard-hitting journalistic research, we can see that naked mid-day siestas can benefit everyone. The Anthonys summed it up in a mission statement:
“Our goal is to encourage folks to take a nap wherever they may be, at home, at the workplace, or on vacation, and to make it a regular part of their healthy lifestyle,” said William Anthony, who, with Camille, is a co-author of "The Art of Napping at Work."
Yes, I think I speak for many when I say that sleeping in the workplace is a concept most people could support.
Of course, there are those who insist that napping - pants-free - on the job is a bad idea.
But that is a foolish notion held by people with no imagination.