In praise of naps


A loved one has Alzheimer’s. While her memory resembles Swiss cheese, her mood is upbeat, which is not what you read on the list of scary symptoms of Alzheimer’s. I attribute this to her commitment to naps, lots of naps. Now that I think about it, it makes sense. I, too, may get annoyed when I forget something or make a mistake of any sort, really, yet if you just let me take a nap, I’ll be fine later on.

I think I am on to something here. I wonder if the world would be a more peaceful place if naps were more accessible, especially to anyone with a finger on any kind of trigger. You really shouldn’t be sleep-deprived in the vicinity of weapons.

Okay, you may be right. Making sure everyone has enough to eat probably should come first. And health care. And, yes, respecting human rights would be a plus.

But let’s add naps somewhere on the list.