Benefits of Taking a CAT NAP (with Photo Gallery)

Punkin will take a catnap anywhere!

Do You Take Cat Naps?

Most of us have felt the need for a power nap or “cat nap” at one time or another. These much shorter than normal periods of sleep are meant to increase the benefits of our time versus the sleep deficit we may have accumulated. If we end our catnap prior to falling into a deeper sleep cycle, we will usually be revitalized.

Taking a cat nap can be done anywhere and usually not in bed.

As I thought about my previous statement, I was reminded how my one cat, Punkin, loves to sleep everywhere else except in her beds that I have provided in several places throughout the house.

GET COMFY AND ENJOY this little tour into “Punkin’s World” including much more interesting reading about the benefits of human cat naps!

Note: All photos in this article are the property of Sharyn's Slant.

Punkin taking a quick catnap on a pile of dirty laundry!

Where Did the Term "Cat Nap" Originate

The phrase cat nap comes from the short sleep cycles cats take all day long. Because cats first began life out in the wild where they had to protect themselves, they have inherited an instinct to remain somewhat alert at all times to sense danger. This has developed their ability to sleep for short periods of time.

An average adult cat sleeps approximately 15 hours per day total. While this time is about double that of humans, cats really only sleep deeply for 10-15 minutes at a time.

Punkin tends to take cat naps anywhere else but her cat beds . . . like the toolbox!

This would be called a POWER nap.
This would be called a POWER nap.

The Power Nap

American Social Psychologist and Professor at Cornell University, James Maas, coined the term “Power Nap.” He is known for his extensive research in the field of sleep and its relationship to performance.

Here is James Maas’ direct definition of a Power Nap in the Urban Dictionary: “A revitalizing, re-energizing, refreshing short, but powerful sleep, usually mid-day, which is especially good for those times when one still has lots of work to do, is very tired, and has only 20 minutes in which to get back their productive power.” http://www.urbandictionary.com

In his book, Power Sleep, Maas recommends 15-30 minute only power naps to be sure a person does not fall into a deeper phase of sleep. If there is a desire to sleep longer, he proposes napping at least 90 minutes to complete a full sleep cycle. Taking a nap that lasts in between 30-90 minutes leads to an interruption in the sleep cycle and the possibility of feeling more sleepy and sluggish when you awake.

Punkin taking a cat nap right on the desk during our work day!

Punkin taking a catnap in the "IN BOX."

Napping on the job ~ Punkin cat napping in a box of files! Like I said, she will sleep anywhere!

This is a favorite catnap spot for Punkin!

I finally put a small cat bed on top of my desk so Punkin would stay off the laptop!

Cat Napping on the Job

Obviously, Punkin knows that taking a cat nap during our work day can be very beneficial.

Every year, more and more businesses are learning the benefits of employees taking a cat nap during the work day. This strategy is thought to assist in maintaining alertness especially in jobs that have a high safety factor.

The idea of taking a cat nap or power nap during the work day is thought to be cutting edge by many. This concept prompted a midtown Manhattan company called YeloSpa to offer power naps (YeloNaps) to help workers rejuvenate during their work day. A 20-minute YeloNap starts at $17 with customized options for relaxation.

When the founder of Yarde Metals in Bristol, CT, built new office space for his manufacturing business in 1995, he also designed a napping room with couches. Although Craig Yarde admits that at first, people thought the idea was “completely nuts,” he is positive that providing a location and opportunity to take a nap has improved productivity. His business continues to grow to include additional facilities along the coast, all with napping rooms of course.

Interestingly, many job seekers today are finding that potential employers are offering the amenity of a nap room as part of their benefits package.

I found Punkin taking a catnap in the pantry!

Never know what you will find in the linen closet!

Cultural Differences and Mid-day Siestas

There are different cultural attitudes regarding napping during the work day. For example, people in Greece commonly break for lunch around 1 p.m. Following lunch, workers take a nap for a couple of hours. After their nap, it’s back to business as usual until 8 p.m. or later.

Many cultures serve their largest meal at midday. Taking what is known as a midday siesta following this meal is common. It is a time for rest before returning to work.

Midday siestas date back hundreds of years in climates such as in Spain where workers would resort to taking a nap during the hottest hours of the day and then continue working when the day cools down. Midday siestas seem to be a disappearing practice, though, with modern conveniences such as air conditioning.

Buttons & Punkin both catching 40 winks!

Why and How to Take a Cat Nap

Taking a cat nap is a great way to refresh ourselves. Researchers have found that people who take a nap improve their cognitive function. They are more alert, perform better and are more creative.

Before Your Nap: Be sure to go to the bathroom.

Length of Nap: It is important to be careful how long you actually doze. More than ½ hour can lead to sleep inertia, the lingering sluggish feeling after you awake.

Location of Nap: Find a quiet, dim-lit location without distractions to help you fall asleep faster. But don’t try to force the sleep. You can feel refreshed from just resting without sleeping.

Setting the Mood for Your Nap: Get into a comfortable position. Try to relax your mind, close your eyes and breathe gently.

If You Have Trouble Falling Asleep: Try listening to music designed especially to induce a sleep state.

Waking Up From Your Nap: If you are concerned that you will sleep longer than the suggested 15-30 minutes, set the alarm on your watch or cell phone.

Time for a catnap on top of the warm cable box!

A Word of Caution

For humans, naps during the day do not provide the same restorative benefits as continuous 6-8 hour periods of sleep. Therefore, brief napping should not be a substitute for regular sleep.

In addition, people with chronic insomnia or depression should consult their physician since napping could aggravate their already disrupted sleep patterns.


Punkin, my puurrrrty little cat napper!

This is my beautiful Peanut ~ she is very different from Punkin when it comes to understanding what is an appropriate cat bed for a catnap!

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A Cat Nap is NOT a Sign of Laziness

Increasingly, napping during the work day is being approached in a positive light. An extensive array of scientific data supports the fact that taking a proper nap improves the overall state of our mental and physical health.

It is currently 2:26 p.m. and I’m off to take a 15-minute cat nap! See you soon . . .

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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Thank you Sharyn! Now if I can just get people not to talk to me when I sit in my car after my dinner I'll be alright - smile. You've done two things with this wonderfully informative hub. First, keep on taking those naps at work after eating and 2) I'm getting closer to getting a cat. Great pics bringing a big smile to me.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Wonderful hub! Absolutely adored the cat photos. My cat, Blue finds the oddest places to sleep too. I tell Bob that she is practicing Cat-Chi! She finds places with a lot of cat-chi and sleeps there for a few days, then I guess the chi moves, because she finds a new place a few days later and sleeps there for a while.

Some cats just know the cat-chi places to sleep! Your two cats look very much like my two cats. Punkin seems to have a whole lot of personality.

Thanks for the link, I think I will reciprocate!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I'm beginning to think, Sharon, that cat napping is much more prevalent than we know. Have you ever talked to someone and felt like that person was really napping at the time ... with their eyes open?

I agree with your thesis - napping is good for you ... as long as you are not driving your vehicle at the time. Voted Up for the good information.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi tsmog ~ two words: ear plugs! ha

I am glad the pictures brought smiles to you. Cats are truly wonderful. Best wishes with choosing your next feline friend. And keep taking those work- day naps! They're good for ya. Thanks so much for your feedback!

Sharyn


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

These pictures are adorable! I can't seem to take cat naps or power naps. It takes me a long time to fall asleep. And Amy always goes looking for me if I'm not making any noise. My Amy can sleep anywhere. I have to be ultra comfortable, though...


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Before your nap... be sure to go to the bathroom!

Ooohh, you just had to get me to push the 'funny' button along with UP and all the others... on this amazing piece! Punkin is a great model of this modality that I have sweared by for years... excuse me, time for a quick cat nap!

Love, Maria


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge

I love this hub! The pictures of the cats are adorable and shows me that ours are not the only ones that nap in very odd places. As you know, we have six and some days you won't see any of them for hours (secret naps I guess). Other times it looks like a jungle in here.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Sharyn, this was so much fun. I love the pictures of Punkin all over the house and the one of Peanut. The one of Punkin on the computer is a sign that she wants you to pay attention to her and only her. LOL

Your hub is very informational, and I am glad you shared it. I have sleeping disorders and am supposed to have no less than 10 hours of sleep per day... that is never going to happen, but I do try to fill in the gaps by taking a nap each afternoon. If I don't, I fell so exhausted and can barely think or function. With a nap, I feel so much better and am so much more productive in the evenings. I never lie down on the bed for my naps either - recliner all the way! LOL

Thanks for writing and sharing your beautiful cat pictures! Votes and shared!


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

I just absolutely loved this hub! The pictures of your cats and the dog taking naps are so cute! Voted up, interesting, funny, and useful! Thanks!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

So cute, Punkin is my kind of cat she's happy no matter where she drops. I once had our dining room table ready for company, walked in the dining room and our cat Sam was taking a nap in a plate. Enjoyed your hub.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I know cat napping is good for us but my problem is that whenever I take a cat nap I wake up in the grumpiest of moods.

Cats always look so comfortable while they are sleeping. Almost makes me wish I had fur :) Loved all the pictures!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz huh? Five more minutes..just give me five...please. Go away!zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Great hub! I am about to take my catnap! As your hub suggests, taking a nap is a helpful thing to do! Voted up!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Love the pictures of your babies Sharon! That is so funny! I took a puppy nap today:). That JS the puppy fell asleep while I was petting him and oops I fell asleep too!

The sleep community pushes naps for everyone - and yet we could never convince them that if we believed it was so good and vital - why didn't they let us take naps??? Shouldn't we be the leaders? Hmmm? NO! Was always the answer:) haha


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Bridget25 4 years ago

liked your article i always up for a good catnip with my cat as well

check out shuteye4me.com for sleeping tips


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Lela ~ Thank you for your awesome feedback. Blue definitely sounds like Punkin. She does the same thing too. She'll find a new place and use that place to sleep for a few days, and then it changes, ha. Peanut is very different. They both have personality but Peanut is affectionate and loving, period. Although Punkin is very affectionate and loving too, you just never know when she will bite or swat ya. I think it has to do with the "crazy" house we rescued her from. And you are very welcome for the link, thank you too.

Sharyn


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Oh Punkin is so, so cute. (She looks a bit like our ginger and white cat.) She certainly chooses some interesting places to sleep!

I’d like to be able to catnap, but I rarely manage it. Hope you enjoyed yours! A fun - and informative hub.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hey Dr. BJ ~ I agree. And I do believe I have also seen the person who is actually napping while you are talking to them, yet their eyes are open, ha. Thank you for your serious and not so serious feedback! I appreciate you and the vote too!

Sharyn


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Sharyn, I love this Hub. Your cats are beautiful and the information pertinent for many people. I love a 20 minute catnap but seldom get one. I may need to get a cat so I can curl up with his/her example.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Flora ~ thank you! I think that is the case for many people, not being able to fall asleep quickly. But just resting your eyes can help revitalize too. That and some cold water on the face :) Amy sounds like my Punkin. I appreciate your comments.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Dear Mar ~ well, yes, because if you have the "urge" - it will be difficult to sleep :) Aw, I love my Lil "Punkin-butt" and "Peanut-ski." I am not surprised that you are someone that has sworn by "napping" for years. Thank you for your wonderful comments. I hope you enjoyed your cat nap!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hey Pooh ~ I am so glad you enjoyed this. I understand what you mean by "secret naps." There are so many times that I have searched for Punkin, knowing for sure that she did not get out, and I finally find her in the strangest places. She's really good at hiding. But in the meantime, I am scared that something happened to her . . . opening the dryer, etc. And I also understand the jungle. Just a few years ago, my house was filled with 9 cats (6 were babies until they were adopted out) and three dogs. Gosh things have changed, but I am very content with my two girls :) Thanks for your comments always!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Susan ~ You are right. Punkin wants attention and will walk directly on my laptop to get it. The lil bed I put behind it now works, for the most part.

No doubt taking naps would be beneficial for you since you really need 10 hours sleep and that is so difficult to get. For me, naps IN BED turn out to be more than naps so something like a recliner works much better. I understand :) Thank you for your votes and sharing too. I appreciate your wonderful feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello rlaha ~ I am really glad to meet you. I am so happy that you enjoyed all the goofy photos. Thank you so much for your votes and follow too!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi moonlake ~ I love your story about Sam, how funny! Cats do the silliest things at times. Humor is good! I am really glad you enjoyed this and appreciate your comments! Thank you,

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hey Susan ~ it could possibly be that your nap is too long. Although I do understand that if I take a quick nap but really need much more sleep, I could be grumpy too. Thanks for your feedback. Cats always do look so comfy while sleeping. About the fur? Well, I don't know about that :)

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Paula? Paula? Paula!!! Wake up! You've over extended your nap by hours now!!! I don't think it is called a "nap" any more :) I do hope that you enjoyed this ~ I enjoyed your comments.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hey Dexter ~ I appreciate your feedback and hope you enjoyed your cat nap. I agree, they can be extremely beneficial. Thanks for the vote too!

Sharyn


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a brilliant hub;very unique and beautiful.

Thanks for sharing;take care and have a great day.

Eddy.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Kelly ~ I love it, "puppy nap." Reminds me of Buttons. He was such a great "cuddler." When he would sleep with me, he couldn't get any closer. It was unconditional love at its finest! That is one of the main things that was so difficult to get used to once he was gone. He slept on my side for almost 15 years :( And about your "sleep community" - well that just doesn't make any sense. You would think they would push the idea of naps, and especially when you worked the crazy shifts that you did. Thanks so much for your feedback Kel!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Bridget ~ Thank you so much for your feedback. I will check out your suggested link.

Sharyn


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

This is one of the cutest Hubs EVA! Your cat is so funny with sleeping habits. My favorite pic is the cat sleeping on the dog who is sleeping under a blanket in the dog bed hahah

I do take a nap almost every single day - even if it is only a 10 minute power nap between loads of laundry or between volunteer sessions at the school. I sleep like crud at night so I really do need the power cat nap to make it through the day - and that little nap leaves me feeling well rested and ready to accomplish things. I even take a nap at work! I get 30 minutes to eat. I only need 10 then the other 20 are reserved for rest :) Great Hub and thanks for pointing out that cat naps don't = laziness! ((Not to mention some of us may have health issues that require a little more rest than others))


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Yvonne ~ Thank you. Of course I think my girls are adorable too. Punkin's newest spot to sleep the past couple days in right in between a love seat and the wall, right below a heat vent. For a while, it was right on top of the refrigerator! She's so silly. Thank you so much for your comments!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hey Brenda ~ Thank you for your kind words. You should get a cat. They are SO awesome and do set a good "cat nap" example. Punkin, although sometimes "snotty", is a great cuddler. And Peanut, she likes to sleep by my feet. I just love them. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Eddy ~ Thank you for your "unique & brilliant" compliment. So thoughtful! I really appreciate you stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sharyn


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Such darling cat photos--they know much that we could learn from! I've been thinking of taking regular cat naps so this is interesting. While it's true that we can't depend on them to help us get by without regular sleep, we can depend on them to help us function better during the day. Thanks for a practical look at cat-napping!


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Good subject for a hub, Sharyn and so clever of you to illustrate it with the very people who specialise in napping!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Ardie ~ I loved your "EVA" - made me chuckle! I love that pic too of Punkin sleeping on top of Buttons. Oh, do I miss my Buttons :( He was the best. I'm glad to hear that you take "power naps". You have such a busy life and if you don't sleep well at night normally, I think it's important to regain that energy boost. I never used to take naps but I do now. Life has changed and when I am concentrating so hard on my writing, it can be exhausting and I take a break to shut everything out for a short time. And you are absolutely correct. Many types of health issues cause some to require more rest for sure. It definitely is not laziness. I have a friend who had a TBI, traumatic brain injury. She must nap many times through the day to even get close to functioning normally and accomplishing just one thing at a time. Thank you Ardie for your great feedback :)

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello RTalloni ~ Thank you. This all started with wanting to do something with some of the cute photos I've accumulated of Punkin "sleeping around", ha. I do believe there is much to learn from cats. In general, they take pretty good care of themselves. I appreciate your comments. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Angie ~ so good to see you! Thank you for your comment about your feeling that this was clever. That really means a lot to me. As I stated in my comment above, it really all started with my photos of Punkin sleeping in "strange" places. I appreciate your great feedback. Hope all is well with you!

Sharyn


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

I am a proud mommy of a new kitty cat. When my daughter came home over the holiday break she adopted a kitten that her friend had found. They tried to locate the owner and she decided she was going to keep it. Next thing I know, she left to college and we gained a new companion. Mind you - I am allergic to cats! Strangely, I do not seem to be allergic to this particular cat. We named her Pip and she is affectionately known as Pippy and/or Pippa. Our outdoor dog, Ollie is not too happy about our new housecat. LOL They have very interesting stare down contests through the patio doors. :)

Cats are certainly fun to observe. As for the naps. I could sure use a catnap every now and then. I still have not found a good schedule since I started HP. Maybe I should curl up with Pip for a quick nap when I get home from work. :)

Great hub - cute pictures!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Aaw I didn't realize Buttons wasn't with us anymore. Bless the sweet things tiny soul.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hey Miss O ~ It is so strange how allergies work. And kids have a tendency to do that, don't they - bring an animal home and then assume you will take care of them. Pip is so lucky to have found a wonderful home. You should definitely take a nap with Pip, she'll teach ya how it's done! Thanks for your fun comments. I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Thanks Ardie ~ yeah, Buttons was almost 15 years old when he passed in August of 2010. He was So awesome. Still miss him lots.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

interesting, sharon. very helpful. I love what me and my brothers call "football comas" where you sleep in front of a football game and wake up every few minutes and catch a play of two. I love naps, but this Hub is making me sneeze so I should leave...


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Justin ~ football comas, I love it! Hope the sneezing wasn't too bad, ha. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

While some were alleging that wine explained France's lower incidence of heart disease and its relatives, the real fountain of youth was the afternoon siesta of 30-60 minutes. My info showed that a siesta over 60 minutes had little to no added impact on heart disease. A 2012 BYU study (probably on the Internet) also suggests that too much sleep is a negative when it comes to learning and retention.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello Perspycacious ~ I believe that the afternoon siesta has a lot to do with lower incidences of heart disease. And yes, a nap that is too long could have the opposite affect as I stated in my text above. Thank you for stopping by.

Sharyn


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

GREAT kitty photos! That is a beautiful pair of cats you have there!

I'm one of those who has trouble 'clearing my mind,' and suffer from insomnia at times, so I don't nap on purpose, because it takes me far too long to drift off. However, I find that I often accidentally fall asleep on the couch after dinner! I'm sure that doesn't help the insomnia...but, oh, well...we're retired, so if I don't sleep well at night, I can always sleep later in the morning.

Very well-done hub, and interesting to note the changes happening in the workplace as well! Voted up, interesting, useful and shared.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

We fit in a siesta a few times a week. Of course, it helps that we live in Latin America. While living in the U.S. we found it practically impossible to manage. Thank you for an interesting hub and the adorable photos of Punkin!


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seanorjohn 4 years ago

My cats sleep in the weirdest of places. But since two of my children have left home they have their own bedrooms.Voted up and bizarre. Sorry, I mean interesting.

Great photos.


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

Awesome hub. Your Punkin is so cute and really finds odd places to take cat nap. And, you have captured it really good in perfect time. Voted up! Well it is my cat nap time.


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tarajeyaram 4 years ago from Wonderland

Wonderful hub. I take cat nap frequently. I believe in cat naps. However, like you said, if you sleep beyond 30 minutes you will fall into deep sleep. Very nice pics. Great hub. Voted up and useful.


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Feline Prophet 4 years ago from India

I'm all for taking catnaps - like any other self respecting feline! :D

Seriously, I work from home and I find that my productivity dips after lunch...so a short nap before getting back to work is really rejuvenating!

Love the pictures in this hub! :)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

This is an awesome hub and I love the way you illustrated it with photos of Punkin who seems to be the cat nap expert and made a very cute cat nap model.

I love napping but need the longer variety- if I fall asleep mid-day I go into a sound sleep for around 90 to 120 minutes and then I wake up feeling totally rejuvenated. I then stay up late but still make sure I get a full 6 or 7 hours of sleep.

Loved this hub and from the number of comments you've gotten it looks like it's a big hit with many who read it!

Voted up across the board.


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Feline Prophet 4 years ago from India

I'm a great believer in catnaps - like any other self respecting feline! :)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi MsLizzy ~ Thank you for the compliment on my girls. I think they are beautiful too! I do understand the whole "clearing the mind" thing. I have that problem too. My mind seems to go in to overtime when I try to rest or sleep. It is difficult to shut it off. Thank you for your great feedback and votes & shares too.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

vespawoolf ~ Hi, I appreciate your feedback. I could see that it would be almost impossible to get in a siesta when living in the U.S. It just isn't common here at all. I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub and all the photos of my Punkin.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

seanorjohn ~ Ha ha, bizarre. I understand. Cats can be very bizarre. That's what makes them so wonderful and unique. Your cats sound pretty lucky to now have their own bedrooms. And it sounds like you have a lot of space to easily find yourself a place for an afternoon nap. Thanks so much for your feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi urmila ~ Thanks for your great feedback and votes too. I hope you enjoyed your nap and get to have them often. Take care,

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

tarajeyaram ~ I am hearing more and more people say that they do take cat naps which is great. I do believe there is a benefit. Thank you for your compliments and votes too.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Feline Prophet ~ So glad to find another "napper." If done properly (timing wise), it can certainly be rejuvenating. Thank you so much for your feedback and follow too. I checked out some of your hubs and already, I love your humor and look forward to reading more.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Gail ~ I totally agree with you. Now that I am not working full-time during the day, if I do take a nap, it tends to be the "longer version" as you describe. But my sleep schedule is all messed up because of writing. When I am in the mood and feeling creative, it doesn't matter what time of day it is. So I go with it, and then make up for lost sleep with a nap. Thank you for the compliments on my cute model. Those pics of Punkin have simply accumulated over the years and I realized that she finds the silliest places to nap. Thank you for your awesome feedback and votes too!

Sharyn


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tarajeyaram 4 years ago from Wonderland

I love cat naps and your pictures. I posted this hub as one of my favorites for the week of March 18. Cheers.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Tara ~ thank you so much. I did check out your great hub. I am thrilled that you liked this one. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Sharyn


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Sharyn, what a fabulous hub and the photos of punkin and peanut are adorable!

Catnaps are such a great idea, but I just can't seem to do it!

Voting up, best wishes Lesley


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Lesley ~ thank you so much. I'm so glad you enjoyed this. Please try to get a nap in when you can, they really make a difference :) Take care,

Sharyn


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ReuVera 4 years ago from USA

Awesome hub! Voted all the best possible I could. Enjoyed the pictures too. Thank you!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello ReuVera ~ It's great to meet you. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed this so much. Thank you for all the votes!

Sharyn


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Sadie14 4 years ago from U.S.

Such cute pictures!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Sadie ~ I have to agree. I love my Punkin and Peanut too. Thanks for stopping by!

Sharyn


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Wonderful to see that my uncle's belief in catnapping has science behind it. He educated me on the value of catnapping decades ago, saying that all you need are 10 or 15 minutes to get yourself back on track. He was an electrician working for a public service company. He found ways to get that nap in the back of company trucks, long before companies understood the benefits. Lucky for him, in those days, he had a reputation as a stellar employee. He was never caught "sleeping on the job", only restoring his energy.

Your photos are outstanding! If I could fit in a linen closet for a short nap, I would. For now, I try to do it sitting up, with some kind of grace. :) Voted up, interesting, useful.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Sherri ~ What an awesome comment. Your uncle was a smart man! I take naps at times now too since my daily routine has changed and many times, I am up late writing. And I could understand napping while sitting up. It can work too! Thank you for the compliments.

Sharyn


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Sharyn's Slant, this is an awesome hub here about cat naps. When I was in the Military, boy did I have my share of cat naps lol.

I use to always get rudely woken up by many of my co-workers looking to help me out, from getting in trouble with the supervisor's there.

This was a cool experience I had though years back in the US Navy, and I just remembered it after reading your cool hub here, and the part about how some companies are actually making way for napping in the work place.

Wow is all I can say, because for so many years I had thought that would be a great idea, but never had the guts or proof to prove my thoughts on it all.

Like I said on FB, I'm still jealous of you, because your Cats look so cute, and I don't have one lol. You making me want to go get a cute cat now, but I doubt they would learn to nap as your cat has here. Nicely done!

Voted up and out, getting pinned and all.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

"Punkin- dooopa..."?? Had to stop by again for a smile!

Voted UP & FAB...Have a great weekend! Love, Maria


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Michael ~ see, you were on to something about cat naps even before the research, ha. Thank you so much for your wonderful compliments, votes and shares too. You really should get a cat or two. They are awesome. As you will see in my hub "When I Became A Cat Lover" - it can happen to anyone, anytime. I love my feline girls! Thank you for stopping by!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

My dear friend Maria ~ so you like Punkin's doooopa? She is such a cutie. And she walks like her "doopa don't stink." I'm so glad these photos give you a big ole smile. Thanks for stopping by again. You have a great weekend too! Love,

Sharyn


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Since many years my mother has been raising cats. I love these cute little animals.

Your pictures are awesome.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Vinaya ~ thanks for stopping by. Cats are awesome! Thank you for your comments. If you have a chance, check out this site I just found for adorable photos of sleeping cats (in awkward positions):

http://www.buzzfeed.com/paws/more-awkward-cat-slee...


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TheLastBabyBoomer 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona

Very interesting hub. I loved it, you just never know where you will find them napping. Lucky cats.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello BB ~ I know, cats are spoiled critters, aren't they. But the older I get, I am enjoying the benefits of cat naps as well! Thanks for stopping by!

Sharyn


kelleyward 4 years ago

What a great hub Sharyn. My cats have always slept on my computers, kitchen counters, couches, chairs, etc. It's amazing how they can sleep anywhere. I love cat naps. I get up around 4 am so I need a short 30 minute cat nap in order to function. Voted up and shared. Kelley


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I do love my "cat naps"! I call them my power naps. A short 30 minute nap will really rejuvenate me for the rest of the day. My two big dogs don't allow me to have cats anymore. When I did, I was surprised by all the different places I would find her taking her nap. I wish I could sleep that good! Cute hub, loved the pics! Voted up and interesting. :)


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

A few years back, I was in Spain and I LOVED the fact that everyone seemed to close up shop, go home, eat lunch, and then take a nap. Everything reopened around 5 pm. I love catnaps! I take them often. In fact, I woke up really early yesterday, took a 20 minute catnap in the afternoon and felt energetic enough to work until 10pm. I love my catnaps. :D


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Kelley ~ Cats are so funny, aren't they. And I too love cat naps. I never used to nap but now I do quite often. Maybe 5 days out of the week. I think it has to do with spending so much time at home on the computer. And I need that break to refresh. Thanks for voting and sharing.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi sgbrown ~ "Power naps" are awesome. If taken in the proper time frame, they can really help rejuvenate. Thanks for your feedback about your cat too. I know my girls always look SO comfy when sleeping, not a care in the world. I appreciate you stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Cyndi ~ Yeah, I was really amazed when I learned that shops were actually closed in the afternoon for everyone to take a nap. Cool! I like that idea. My cat naps are important to me more so now than ever. Especially when I am writing and get to a point where I feel drained. That's when I need that boost and time to give my eyes a break. Thanks so much for your feedback!

Sharyn


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Ddraigcoch 4 years ago from UK

Thank you for the nod on this hub Sharon, I loved it. I am on antidepressants and find that I can not physically go all day with out a power nap.

I loved all the pictures but Punkin's paw on the pack of cookies made me giggle" these are mine" is what I heard, hehe.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A wonderful hub.

Thanks for sharing.

Eddy.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Ddraigcoch ~ You are welcome. I find some days are difficult to go all day without a power nap too. The older I get, the more I feel this way. And also my schedule has changed drastically where I am up very late if I am writing and sometimes don't get to sleep until 3 a.m. I really like that picture of Punkin too. I think that is exactly what she is saying, ha. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Eddy ~ great to see you and btw, welcome back ;) Thanks for stopping by. I hope all is well with you.

Sharyn


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nybride710 3 years ago from Minnesota

I love cats and I love naps. Your pictures made me laugh out loud.


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi nybride ~ I love to make people laugh, ha. Yes, my Punkin sure is a character. Thank you so much for stopping by.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Cats seem to be able to sleep at the drop of a hat. I always take naps for too long and get groggy ~ so your idea about an alarm is necessary. I loved all the pictures of your cat sleeping everywhere. My cat seems to have her favorite spots and is not quite as adventurous.


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idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

Wonderful and humorous pictures. Thanks for sharing them! Your cats are very lovely. :)


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi truthfornow ~ Yes, if naps are too long, they will not have the same benefit. I'm so glad you enjoyed these photos of my Punkin. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Dig ~ Thanks for the compliments about my girls. Glad you enjoyed the photo gallery. I appreciate you stopping by.

Sharyn


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Sharyn, thanks for sharing this with me on Facebook! That is clever! My catnap was very beneficial earlier, and reading this just now brought big smiles to my face! The topic itself is great, but seeing all of those absolutely adorable photos just makes it so much more special (and interesting). It is amazing how many places Punkin sleeps, and that is a wicked cute name for a cat.

Have a wonderful night!

~ Kathryn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Kathryn ~ yeah, I saw your post and couldn't resist sharing this hub on your page. I'm glad this made you smile! Thank you so much for your great feedback.

Sharyn


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Carb Diva 2 years ago

I LUV your Punkin. We have one of our own (but with a "p"). I've not found a way to make my mind turn off so that I can enjoy a catnap. Maybe once I evolve to a more intelligent being. Made me smile.


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Sharyn's Slant 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Carb Diva ~ Thank you so much for your comments. So glad this article made you smile. Now hopefully it will also teach you how to enjoy a catnap. Thanks for stopping by!

Sharyn

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