I took a nap in my car today. Have you ever done that? You tell everyone you’re going to take a brief break, go out to your car, recline the seat, and set your cell phone alarm. With the right kind of temperature (warm sunny days work best) and the right kind of tiredness (think up all night for any reason, really) you’ve got the makings of a really stellar nap.
I actually read a study about a year ago that extolled the virtues of napping at work. They argued that a 15 minute nap could refresh your mind, help you be more alert and inventive, and feel more energized for the remainder of the day.
As someone who’s recently sampled this strange indulgence, I can say these things are true. I slept for about ten minutes and that felt just about right for me. Not long enough to make me feel drowsy, or make my eyes get all gummed up. Just long enough to rest. ‘Twas lovely.
This is where siestas would really come in handy. I feel that, as a culture, we are really remiss to neglect this delightful habit. Who wouldn’t love to take a nice long break during the day? To go home, plop down on the couch, and doze for an hour or two?
Then again, who would want to come back? I know from personal experience that once my body makes contact with the couch, there’s no coming back. The couch is molasses, and I am the hapless mosquito who can’t resist just one delicious, innocuous little sip…
Also, you know there would be that guy who insists on working through siesta. This guy would totally ruin it for the rest of us. We’d all come back from siesta time refreshed and he’d be at his desk, tie all undone, kvetching about how hard he’s been working and how he has so much to do he can’t possibly take a break.
What a jerk!
So maybe siesta isn’t the right answer. Maybe more people are just going to have to embrace taking naps in their cars. I know it seems really weird, but trust me on this: If your eyes won’t stay open and every phone call feels dredged from the very pit of despair itself? A ten minute nap could keep you from getting fired because you snapped at some poor grandma who couldn’t figure out how to use the Internet.[poll id=”12″]