Please allow me to share some little-known truths that make a big impact on my daily life, and the satisfaction thereof.
Prime Napping Locations
Choosing the right location can make the difference between “napping” and other sleep-like activities. Some spots to consider:
The Bed: but only if you’ve made your bed. It doesn’t count as a nap if you’re under the normal covers. Naps happen on top of the spread, but potentially under a nice throw. You can also justify pulling up one corner of the spread to drape over feet or shoulders.
The Couch: and this works best if the living room has been tidied recently. You will nap better in a vacuumed room. It’s a scientific fact. Consider a snooze propped up in the left-hand corner of the couch, with a small pillow under you head. Again, a throw or small quilt is very handy. Couch naps are preferred if you will be expected to be seen in public later, as the hair-squashing factor is significantly mitigated by the noggin-pillow-prop.
A Chair: this must be a nice broad chair, of course, with a high back/arms, to allow curling up. Not for the damaged-of-knee, really, but likely to happen if you are reading on an overcast day.
A Hammock: napping in a suspended net might also happen if you are the victim of an unfortunate tracking accident, but in general, napping in a hammock is officially a siesta, so you can cross-count it for cultural exploration.
The Ground: Ew. Because of the potential for insect incursions, and the general propensity of The Nature to exact revenge upon normally-house-napping people, avoid laying on the ground to nap. Ants in your ears. Enough Said.
If you get up, do stuff, then lay back down and go to sleep, and are still in your PJs, then you’ve Gone Back to Bed.
However, if you get up, put on a bra, do stuff, and then lay back down and go to sleep, you are taking an Official and Thoroughly Respectable Nap. Sports bras count.
PJs = Lazy Patoot Who Went Back To Bed.
Bra (even if worn under a borrowed husband T-shirt and paired with yoga pants that have never seen yoga moves) = Well-Deserved and Officially-Sanctioned Nap.
Napping bonus points are awarded if you are bear-hugging a reluctant toddler who really needs to sleep. Extreme bonus points apply if you wake from your Official Nap to find they are still sleeping, and manage to extract yourself from said toddler, without waking them. Be sure your victory dance is quite silent, but do throw in a few Fist Self-Bumps, because you are awesome.
Nap on, Brethren and Sistren.