Gifts for Nappers

There are many great gifts for those who love to nap. Mainly, though, there's this one:

Because what napper wouldn't love a little blue book that gives them so many reasons to do exactly what they want to do, which is to lay around in a torpor and take a break from this big, frantic world?

On Napping and Marriage

Napping is good for a marriage. When you're napping you aren't covertly transferring large sums of money out of your joint savings account or bickering about Carlo, the Italian poolboy. You may still roll your eyeballs or perhaps give a small snort, but this shouldn't be held against you. You're napping.

On Napping and Baldness

Some hair-loss experts believe that sleep deprivation increases hair loss. Perhaps, then, napping will turn out to be a cure for baldness. Consider this: many babies are born bald, then after months of napping, they have hair. Coincidence? I think not.

<--- Obviously a napper.

Gorgeous gift basket for nappers

If you're looking for a classy gift for your favorite napper, try this: a
Practical Napper gift basket from  It's gorgeous.  I want one myself.  The basket includes The Practical Napper book, fleece socks, herb tea, soothing music, and other goodies sure to be appreciated by the recumbently inclined.

On the Benefits of Boring Friends

Anne Morrow Lindbergh once said, "Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after." Therefore, try not to have any stimulating conversations before your morning nap, before your afternoon nap, or after 4:00 PM. Befriend the insipid.

The Practical Napper and Friends

This is a picture of The Practical Napper taken at an Urban Outfitters store in California. 

Based on its tablemates, my daughter now refers to my book as "Horizontal Sh*t My Mom Says."

In fact, my horizontal life is a lot like Chelsea Handler's, except that she sleeps around and I just sleep.

On Life Goals

Most people spend about a third of their life sleeping. But there's no reason you can't aim higher.

The Napping Imperative

I got to be a guest blogger over at today, writing about... well... napping.  Because that's what I do. (Nap, that is, and also write about napping. Sometimes I even nap when I'm supposed to be writing about the benefits of napping.  It's kind of recursive.)

The Practical Napper on AASM Blog

The Practical Napper is featured on the American Academy of Sleep Medicine blog today! They say:

"The Practical Napper has something for everyone. It grabs the attention of the reader with pictures and short, snappy writing."

Thanks, professional sleep people!

Odd Nap Pods

Lately I've been seeing some funky-looking furniture designed for napping. Here are a few of my favorites, in case you're looking for something a little more exotic than a Barcalounger.

The El Zulu nap pod -- perfect for napping, if you're Tron.

The Nestrest suspended over water: very relaxing
once you figure out how to get into it.
(Note from The Practical Napper:
Sleeping over water might make you want to pee,
which--if you're female--could be challenging here.)

The Power Nap capsule -- in case you want to
sleep in a recumbent apostrophe!

On Napping and Duct Tape

If your head tends to flop forward while napping on public transportation, try duct-taping it to your seat. In fact, just go ahead and add duct tape to your nap kit, because it can also be quite useful for quieting ambient conversations and controlling unruly children.

Looking for the Perfect Father's Day Gift?

The Practical Napper is an excellent gift for many types of dads. For example, it's perfect for:
  • Dads who like napping
  • Dads who like beer (which often leads to napping)
  • Dads who like watching sports (which often leads to beer)
  • Dads who like books -- but not long, complicated books that could interfere with drinking beer, watching sports, and napping.

Show the Dad in your life that you understand who he really is: the kind of guy who wants to lie in a stupor on the couch.

    On Nap Timing

    When planning the best time for your nap, you should consider whether you are what sleep researchers call a "lark" (an early riser) or an "owl" (a late sleeper). Larks are typically ready for a nap at around 1:00 PM, while owls aren't ready until 2:30 PM.

    If you are always ready for a nap, it is possible you are a "slug."

    On Inhibitions

    Let go of your inhibitions -- nap like no-one is watching! (Don't try dancing, though; people will probably just laugh at you.)