- I don’t generally feel anything until noon; then it’s time for my nap.
- Bob Hope
Sometimes you just can’t help it. You may be in an important meeting, or driving, or watching a football game. Suddenly your eyes become heavy. You feel warm and a little light headed. You notice that you’re having trouble concentrating. Then the head begins to bob, and before you know it you are nodding off. You’ve just been nap-attacked!
The public opinion about napping has varied over time and from culture to culture. Some societies, particularly those in warmer climates, have celebrated napping and even schedule afternoon ‘siestas’ into the regular work day. In most office environments taking a nap during work, especially in meetings, is usually frowned upon.
If you feel the urge to sleep in the middle of the day what should you do? Should you fight the urge and try to work through it? Should you load up on caffeine? Should you switch activities to try to keep the mind and body awake? Or should you give into the nap?