Naps! Take ’em

The past 2 months at work has been so extremely intense. In typical fashion, I ended up giving up sleep during the weekdays. Usually it’s temporary, but apparently I let it get out of hand and jokingly started calling how I felt each Sat morning as the “sleep hangover” (headache).

It got pretty bad one Saturday when my friends thought I was dead.  I just never showed up to a birthday lunch – a lunch that I set up for a friend. (I  was actually in bed zombie sleeping.)

I never miss dates. I never not call if I’m running late.  After receiving due scolding from my friends, I knew I had to do better with my sleep habits.

However, it’s going against the grain of popular culture on the habits of success.  News reports on successful people always emphasize stats glorifying how little they sleep.

Also, just google it and you’ll find articles like this one, which lists the top 10 successful people who don’t sleep much – Obama, Trump, Leno, Marissa Mayer, Martha Stewart, etc.  They introduce the list by talking about staying ahead of the competition.

Well, let’s test this out!  Since everyone’s sleep needs may be different (as different as unsaid health conditions of above mentioned famous people), it’s worth it to me to test out.  I certainly don’t want to fall back into the habit of zombie-like sleep depravation and ruin my social life forever.

HBR is a great place to start.  They have business related articles regarding sleep.   For instance, Tony Schwartz wrote an article about Why Great Performers Sleep more, quoting a study done on top violinists in which the 2nd most important thing to developing their skills besides practicing was SLEEP.

They also quoted that published articles on strategic nap-taking…. especially for paramedics, etc.

Along with lifehacker recommendations, there’s information on WebMD and the Sleep Foundation.  I’ll be going through them over the next few months and testing it out.   Test it out with me and let’s post about it in the coming months.


  • Planned napping (also called preparatory napping) involves taking a nap before you actually get sleepy. You may use this technique when you know that you will be up later than your normal bed time or as a mechanism to ward off getting tired earlier.
  • Emergency napping occurs when you are suddenly very tired and cannot continue with the activity you were originally engaged in. This type of nap can be used to combat drowsy driving or fatigue while using heavy and dangerous machinery.
  • Habitual napping is practiced when a person takes a nap at the same time each day. Young children may fall asleep at about the same time each afternoon or an adult might take a short nap after lunch each day.

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