A Proper Churchill Nap

“You must sleep some time between lunch and dinner, and no half-way measures. Take off your clothes and get into bed. That’s what I always do. Don’t think you will be doing less work because you sleep during the day. That’s a foolish notion held by people who have no imagination. You will be able to accomplish more. You get two days in one-well, at least one and a half, I’m sure. When the war started, I had to sleep during the day because that was the only way I could cope with my responsibilities.”

— Winston Churchill

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3 replies on “A Proper Churchill Nap”

  1. So, during my first professional career my mentor advised me to nap during my lunch hour. He said to grab a spoon, place it in your hand and sleep sitting up. As soon as you entered a deep sleep you would then shortly drop the spoon, waking you up. This turned out to work really well and still gives me *just* the right napping time. Not too groggy when I wake, not still tired.


  2. I actually went four months without a proper night’s sleep by doing something similar. I would sleep for two or three hours three times a day and it kept me going, alert and energized almost all of the time.
    After a few months, though, I found that when I got tired, I got really tired. It got to the point that I was nearly narcoleptic so I gave it up. Though, if I was doing something where I needed to be on the ball nearly all the time for a few weeks, that would be the way to go.


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