I know. There are some big policy fish in the skillet these days: health care, executive pay, mandated paid sick leave and so on. But hasn’t the time come when as a nation we need a federal law that would allow everyone to take a nap during the work or school day?
I’ll admit it. My schedule is such that most days I can enjoy a few zzzzzzzzzzs in the early to mid afternoon. I find that there is a napper’s high — mirroring the endorphin rush you get from a long run on the best day of the year, weatherwise. And even 30 minutes of snooze time will prepare me for my late afternoon Happy Hour get-together with John Jameson.
I was thinking about that yesterday during a work visit to DC — sans nap time. Whoa, that’s harsh. And I was cranky from late afternoon until I fell asleep watching TV at nine o’clock. (Full disclosure: I would have fallen asleep sooner but Dancing with the Stars wasn’t on last night.)
So simply put: Shouldn’t Congress enact a law requiring nap time?
I believe there would be national support for that — probably more so than for the so-called health care public option that appears to be causing so many members of the administration and Congress and Beltway lobbyists to lose sleep these days.
For instance, Paul Taylor wrote about a research study conducted by the Pew Research Center, “Nap Time.” He states that “on a typical day, a third of the adults (34%) in the United States take a nap.”
Now before you jump up and yell — “You, lie” — consider this from the study:
Napping thrives among all demographic groups, but it’s more widespread among some than others, according to a Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,488 adults.
More men than women report that they caught a little snooze in the past 24 hours — 38% vs. 31%. This gender gap occurs almost entirely among older adults. More than four-in-ten ( 41%) men ages 50 and older say they napped in the past day, compared with just 28% of women of the same age. Below the age of 50, men and women are about equally likely to say they napped in the past day (35% vs. 34%).
Strikes me that there is the foundation here for bipartisan consensus and legislative support.
Yet I know getting a federal mandate for napping won’t be easy.
We need a champion in Congress.
Wonder if Olympia Snowe naps?
I’ll look into that this afternoon — after I get up from mine.