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20 Excuses to Take a Nap

Updated on October 22, 2013
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Jeannie has been writing online for over eight years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.


Get on Board with Napping

Taking a nap - it's awesome. We should all strive to take more naps. They help us feel better rested if we did not get enough sleep at night. Naps allow us to take a nice break away from our daily activities. They give us another opportunity to dream. Even if you are having a really bad day, sometimes just one nap can help fix it. Naps are great!

Unfortunately, many of us live in an anti-nap society. We work for companies that don't appreciate our need to take a nap during the afternoon. We are pressured to stay awake even when we are too tired to get through school, work, or that annoying car drive home. OK, well maybe you need to stay awake when driving home, but other than that, why is it so frowned upon to take a little snooze under our desks? That just doesn't seem fair!

Well, I am here to help you come up with some excuses to take naps throughout the day. I can't promise any of these excuses are actually good excuses, but they are excuses nonetheless. I hope you have the chance to try to use some of these excuses in the near future and then just nap away!

20 Excuses For Napping

  1. You were having a staring contest with your dog and somehow he managed to put you in a trance. Naturally, you were forced to take a nap. Unfortunately, this means the dog won.
  2. You were up all night baking food for local homeless shelters and knitting sweaters for sick newborn babies at the hospital. Due to your lack of sleep you had no choice but to take a midday nap.
  3. The keyboard in front of your computer looked so comfortable, you were forced to lay your head down on it to make sure your suspicions were correct. You could not help but take a little nap during the experiment.
  4. The cat was napping on the couch. If the cat can do it, anyone can.
  5. If stores did not intend for customers to take an occasional nap on those display beds, why did they bother making them look so comfortable with nice new sheets and blankets?
  6. Since the employee lounge at work got a new couch, it seems only right that someone had to break it in. After some careful research, it has officially been "nap approved" by you.
  7. The movie theater had far more comfortable chairs than anyone anticipated, and the movie was an especially long one. You did not need to know how it ended anyway; you'll catch it on cable.
  8. You are going to be in a snoring contest next month. You just needed some extra practice for the big event.
  9. Napping? You weren't napping. Sometimes people just rest their eyes... for an hour or two.
  10. Your new bed just looked so comfortable. It is best to try it out to make sure it is suitable for you. You also bought some new pillows. Those need to be tested as well... on separate occasions.
  11. You are a grown adult and if you want to take a nap, well, you are going to take a nap and why should anyone stop you! You weren't getting much done anyway at work.
  12. You are a child and growing up, and deserve to take a nap anytime you want. You weren't learning anything anyway when you happened to snooze at your desk at school.
  13. You couldn't think of anything better to do.
  14. Did you know it is the cool new thing to drift to sleep while standing up brushing your teeth? Oh yeah, all the coolest people are doing it. You just happen to be a trendsetter and can't help it that you are awesome.
  15. Did you know it is equally cool to fall asleep while taking a relaxing bath? Well, it is. Unless you start to go into the water and nearly drown. That, my friends, is not cool.
  16. You are sick and sick people deserve naps and lots of them.
  17. You are sick of being awake and people who are tired of being awake deserve naps... just maybe not lots of them.
  18. You wanted to make time go faster and since time machines are not yet invented, you were forced to take a long nap to "skip ahead" a few hours.
  19. That long car ride home from vacation made you sleepy. Just as long as you are the passenger, this is totally socially acceptable. If not, that nap might not be a good idea.
  20. You were just simply tired, of course!

Are You Still Awake?

As you can see, just about anything is an excuse for taking a nap. Perhaps just reading this hub put you to sleep and you can use this is an excuse for taking a nap! Hey, I am happy to help.... I think.

If you are still awake, hopefully you were not bored to tears with this nap discussion and you can go on to do other productive things today. But if not, at least you have 20 excuses for napping that you can use.

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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    LKMore01 - I usually do not allow myself to fall asleep with the laptop because I have bad nightmares. Instead, I put it beside my bed, which is probably worse when I fall asleep. I am known to sleepwalk, too!

    Careermommy - I think we can all use more naps in our lives!

    Thank you both for your comments.

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    Tirralan Watkins 

    7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    Very creative hub! I need to use some of those excuses because I need more naps in my life!

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    7 years ago

    There have been times when I'm using the laptop in bed and simply fall asleep for ten minutes. Sleep is delicious. A nap keeps you going. You wake up refreshed and ready to finish a project. Great, funny article, Jeannie.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I envy you and your ability to nap whenever you like. I always have to make up some good excuses. We live in such an anti-nap society! :-) Thanks for your comment!

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    Claudia Mitchell 

    7 years ago

    Ha - I never need an excuse to nap and love it when I get a good nap in. I'm the only one in my family who does (except for the dog). Funny hub.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Mike Robbers - I am happy you liked the hub. Thanks!

    allpurposeguru - That sounds like a great poster and a good motto. :-) Thanks for checking out my hub!

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    David Guion 

    7 years ago from North Carolina

    Someone, bless her heart, gave me a poster that says, "I'm not asleep. I'm just quietly reveling in my success." (No. 11 has always worked for me. The others are good, too.)

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    Mike Robbers 

    7 years ago from London

    Great hub, Jeannie and a list of very useful excuses! Enjoyed the read!

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    "Resting my eyes" is a good time-honored classic excuse. Thanks for your comment.... happy napping, I mean, eye resting to you. :-)

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    drbj and sherry 

    7 years ago from south Florida

    Love your nap excuses, Jeannie. I was just 'resting my eyes' is one of my favorites. Use it all the time. :)

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Sue Bailey - A nap every 90 minutes sounds like fun, but that would be hard to do. No one would ever get me to wake up and function ever. Hehe. Thanks for the vote up and thanks for sharing!

    Vickiw - I wish I could function well on a 10 minute nap... a nice hour is good for me. ;-) 4 AM is really early in the morning. I don't know if I could ever manage that.... it is an excellent excuse. Thanks for your comment.

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    7 years ago

    I have never been a very good sleeper, but I find if I take even a 10 minute nap during the day, especially around lunch time, I feel fine for the rest of the day. I do get up at about 4 am though, so that is MY excuse!

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    Susan Bailey 

    7 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

    I read somewhere that it is beneficial to take a short nap every 90 minutes. I might give that a try one of these days. Voted up and shared.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for the vote up. I am glad you liked it.

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    7 years ago from India

    Useful health tips on napping. Voted up.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    heidithorne - I think it is crazy hot everywhere! I think it does tire a person out. Thanks for getting on board with me!

    MG Singh - 2 decades of afternoon naps sounds great. Thanks for your comment!

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    MG Singh 

    7 years ago from UAE

    Used to a afternoon nap for 2 decades. Nice post

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    Heidi Thorne 

    7 years ago from Chicago Area

    With it being in the 90s today here in Chicago (typical nasty summer day), I'm so on board with a nap. And so are the dogs. Thanks for helping to make it acceptable!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks, Bill! I am happy to provide you with good excuses for naps. I tend to wake up grumpy from naps if they are less than one hour long, so I never get to take them much either. I sure wish I could nap right now though! This crazy heat wave is draining all my energy... wait... is that another excuse? Hmmm...

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    Bill Holland 

    7 years ago from Olympia, WA

    You are one funny lady, Jeannie. Thanks for the excuses should I ever take a nap, which I don't because I'm so groggy after a nap I can't accomplish anything....but if I do I am now armed with great excuses. :)


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