Vogue Williams on the at-home tech gadgets that make life easier
Vogue Williams on the at-home tech gadgets that make life easier

Vogue Williams

Why you need to try a ‘brain dump’ before bed
Why you need to try a ‘brain dump’ before bed

Maureen Hoey

Inside this peaceful Pond Cottage and Lake House on the market for €1.25 million
Inside this peaceful Pond Cottage and Lake House on the market for €1.25 million

Sarah Finnan

Co-owner of Brickyard Simon Moore on his life in food
Co-owner of Brickyard Simon Moore on his life in food

Sarah Gill

Women in Sport: Irish professional footballer Abbie Larkin
Women in Sport: Irish professional footballer Abbie Larkin

Sarah Gill

Josh O’Connor’s new movie and Zoë Rocha’s Netflix series – what to watch this week
Josh O’Connor’s new movie and Zoë Rocha’s Netflix series – what to watch this week

Sarah Finnan

How to navigate your friendships when your priorities change
How to navigate your friendships when your priorities change

Niamh Ennis

With a swimming pool, wine cellar, gym and sea views, this Killiney home is on sale for €5.95 million
With a swimming pool, wine cellar, gym and sea views, this Killiney home is on...

Megan Burns

Irish stylist and creative director Katie-Ruby Robinson on her vintage favourites
Irish stylist and creative director Katie-Ruby Robinson on her vintage favourites

Sarah Gill

This 10 minute exercise reduces daily stress, says Dr Clodagh Campbell
This 10 minute exercise reduces daily stress, says Dr Clodagh Campbell

Shayna Sappington

Image / Editorial

Should You Take a Nap Today?


By Jeanne Sutton
23rd Jul 2014
Should You Take a Nap Today?

Cara Delevingne, the Instagram Saint of napping.

Your workload may say no, but science says yes to the Siesta…

Last month Cara Delevingne took US Vogue to task for casting shade on her dozing off during an interview. Journalist Plum Sykes wrote, ?Dear reader, to misquote Oscar Wilde, can I say that to oversleep once for a?Vogue interview may be regarded as a misfortune, but to oversleep twice looks like carelessness?? Cara, one of the most ubiquitous faces in fashion, did not take kindly to these aspersions and tweeted about the whole media furore, ?All I can say is that I work extremely hard and ‘sleeping’ is proof that sometimes I work too hard. I apologise for being so ambitious?.

While the interviewer was trying to paint Cara as a bit too casual and even got professionals in the industry to talk about her propensity to nap on shoots, we were a little bit envious. Cara owned the fact that she needs naps to function – it is about time the rest of us did too. And if napping helps a 21-year old woman get contracts with Chanel and Burberry on what seems to be a weekly basis, imagine what it can do for your career.

According to The Guardian 85% of mammals sleep for short periods during the day. If there’s one thing we remember from secondary school science class it’s that humans equal mammals. Studies are showing that napping brings nothing but benefits. Adolescents who nap instead of attending a class do better in tests. Naps are substantially better at beating the 3pm slump than caffeine?or a proper night’s sleep. The optimum time for napping has even been estimated – mid afternoon and before 3pm. Stuck for time? Take a six minute nap to improve your memory. Nowhere to nap in work? Tell HR about the nap pods in Google and the Huffington Post offices.

In fact, the Greek media magnate Arianna Huffington is evangelical about napping. In a beyond-viral TED video she talks about how collapsing of exhaustion a few years ago led her to doctors and scientists in a quest to find out why she wasn’t 100%. The cure? Napping. She even calls in a ?new feminist issue? and implores, with a knowing tone, women to sleep their way to the top.

So next time someone tells you Margaret Thatcher ran the UK on four hours sleep every night, tell them that’s very interesting and all, but you need to fit in your daily nap before you rashly declare war on the Falkland Islands.

Jeanne Sutton @jeannedesutun

Related

Need to some tips to beat sleeplessness?