Afternoon nap


History is replete with devotees of the afternoon nap. Winston Churchill’s two hour break was not negotiable – he even kept a bed in the Houses of Parliament. US President John F Kennedy’s schedule started with lunch in bed followed by at least an hour’s nap with Jackie alongside. JFK’s successor Lyndon Johnson broke religiously for his half hour snooze at 3:30pm.

The restorative power of sleep is massively under-rated. More should pay attention to the great racehorse breeder Federico Tesio who explained “All life is based on the consumption of energy to achieve supremacy, and then rest to recover the energy before beginning again the struggle for supremacy.”

(Alex Hogg)

About the author

Bennie Mostert
By Bennie Mostert