The art of taking a nap
‘The art of taking a nap’ is a small painting (ca 10×10 cm) on structured paper with visible fibers in it. I used acrylagouache (Holbein) and acrylic ink.
I love to take naps, although I am usually dressed and in my bed, unlike in the painting. They load me with energy. A little problem is that I really need them and can’t function well if I don’t take a daily nap.
Sometimes I feel guilty towards the people I live with for not being as productive in the afternoon. Sometimes I hate the napping, because it takes so much ‘valuble’ time away. I tried to wean myself of my naps, but it just didn’t work.
I guess that I’m built that way and that I just have to live with my naps.
But now that I think of it, there are so many people in the world who take naps during the day. It’s only in the western society that we don’t do that anymore. Lots of societies have siesta’s as a normal part of the day. A time during the day to wind down and relax and gather energy for the next part of the day.
Maybe we humans aren’t even built to function for 16 hours without sleep. And maybe it is more natural to sleep a little in between than not. For me personal it feels like a normal good thing. It is only when I compare myself with most people around me and see how our western society is organized that I feel a little out of place with my rythm of daytime napping.