Nap Happy

I'm fairly certain I haven't partaken in a regular nap schedule since I was a toddler. As a child on holiday in Spain my brother and I were forced to take 'siestas' during the day. I wasn't a fan and have clear memories of lying awake staring at the ceiling, resenting not being allowed to run around like a maniac.

But now a new dawn has broken and I find that, in California, I have rediscovered the joy of napping. 

Napping is a rare luxury in our adult life. Largely due, I'm sure, to the fact we have full-time jobs which require us to be conscious from 0900 - 1800 most days.

But long periods of walking combined with big lunches have meant that, this week, napping has become inevitable. It started on Monday in San Francisco, where we fell asleep on the sofa after hours of exploring the city on foot. Come Tuesday we found ourselves in Santa Cruz. With tummies full of chowder and crab cakes, we sauntered along the pier, plonked ourselves on a bench and, with the sun on our faces, closed our eyes and sat motionless for a good 20 minutes.

Yesterday's nap took place on a beach in Carmel. After a few self-timer camera shots we lay on the warm sand knowing that we had no schedule to stick to. And that is such a relaxing feeling. Very conducive to napping, I must say. And you can guarantee there'll be another one happening today!


  1. Naps! I nap every weekend for at least an hour each day. Sometimes it's accidental and I fall asleep on the sofa, and other times it's very deliberate: I put myself in bed under the covers and conk out for a while. The approaching winter is my napping prime! I'm so happy you are enjoying your vacation and clearly relaxed enough to nap on the beach! What a life! xo

  2. I have a love/hate relationship with naps. I kind of wish I could fit them into my life more, but loathe the fact that I don't have enough energy to last the whole day. When I do nap it's usually for around 2 to 3 hours !!

  3. i'm really bad at napping. I lay down but I can't relax so I end up never falling asleep. I hope to get better at napping though!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak