Nap Time

Bob Goldman on

What is your dream job? For me, it's a job in which I get paid for dreaming.

Sad to say, professional sleepers are not in demand these days, or any days, for that matter. The good news is that you can get paid for sleeping if you do it in secret and in small doses. Best of all, if you do get caught, you can tell your boss -- and yourself -- that you're doing it to improve your productivity.

So says Tim Barribeau, the author of "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Nap," a very welcome article on Wirecutter.

Napping does have a bad rap.

A good night's sleep is considered essential, but a good nap is shameful, especially in the working world. Managers who will put up with TPing the HR department and all manner of bonehead high jinks in the office are shocked to learn that an employee has found a hidey-hole for beddy-bye.

Of course, the risks of being caught inflagrante denapo are less of a problem when one is working from home. This is good news, since the distance between your work station and your sleep station is minimal, if it exists at all. (Pro tip: hang your laptop from the ceiling. Wear a work shirt instead of a nightshirt and you can appear vertical on Zoom calls, even though you are actually horizontal in bed. Warning: It is easier to fall asleep when you are participating in meetings from your bed, so be sure to put Mr. Fuzzy Bear, Barry Bunny, and all your other stuffies in the closet before you sign on.)


For me, the best part of Barribeau's article is not his acceptance of napping as an integral part of the workday, but his acknowledgement that napping is a skill.

Are you willing to put in the hard work it takes to become a master napper?

Rub the sleep from your eyes and let's get somnambulant.

No. 1: "Set aside time and embrace failure."


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