Todd Kashdan, Associate Professor of Psychology, George Mason University

“Ever since I learned about the science of sleep in an undergraduate course at Cornell University, strategic, energy enhancing napping has been part of my routine. 

At work, you will find a dark office with one floor lamp, a yoga mat, and small synthetic, down filled pillow. My students and colleagues know that I lay down on that mat and take 18.5 minute naps nearly every day of the week. 

I recharge my batteries to the sounds of Muse, Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, Catherine Wheel, Soul Coughing, or Brain Jonestown Massacre and then bounce back up to begin my writing anew. It is essential. Napping is just built into the fabric of my life.”