When I was younger, I wished I could be more of a night owl, because night people seemed way more hip than early birds who couldn’t keep their eyes open past midnight. Being an early bird was a real bummer as a kid—I was always the first to crash at slumber parties—and it wasn’t much help as a college student—all-night study sessions never worked well for me.
I’ve come to appreciate my early bird bent over the years. Once the sun is up, I am too. And when the alarm goes off and it’s still dark outside, I know that once I’m up and moving, it doesn’t take long to perk up. I read a few articles recently that refer to new research pointing to the overall health that morning people enjoy. So I’ve got that going for me.
Early mornings, however, mean I’m fading by mid-afternoon. Sometimes it’s difficult to be creative when my eyes are droopy. That’s why I’m such a fan of The Afternoon Nap. But we don’t have a Siesta Culture, so napping is typically not an option for me during the week. (Except Sundays—oh how I love Sunday naptime!)
At Daily Infographic, I found this helpful sketch on napping—types, benefits, companies that promote rest, and so on. Give the graphic a click and then click it again to increase the font for readability.
I especially love the note here that geniuses are nappers. I’m no genius, but if naps are good for them, I’m thinking naps are good for me too.
And how is it that 34% of the people polled work at companies that allow employees to nap at work?!
Regular naps aren’t likely for this early bird until I work at a company with a nap room or until we adopt a Siesta Culture. But at least I now have evidence to back my love and appreciation for napping.