Unless you’re a cranky toddler, I think we can all agree that naps are good — wonderful, even. But when it comes to the type and style of nap, though, I’ve learned that people have strong opinions. Apartment Therapy’s editorial team is no exception. I challenged some of our staff to debate over their preferred nap spot, and try to convince everyone else that they have the superior sleep situation.
Check out how it all went down in our Slack conversation below [lightly edited and condensed].
Tara Bellucci (News & Culture Director): hello @here who’s ready to throw down about NAPPING
Megan Baker (Home Projects Director): ok which one of us is wrong, ie which one of us thinks bed naps are superior
Megan: i didn’t come to play
i came to lay
on a couch
Tara: ok let’s start with opening statements of 1-2 sentences of your position and go from there
Terri: several people are typing
Megan: ok here is where i stand: beds are for SLEEPING and a nap is not SLEEPING. a nap is in its own category entirely
Charli: If I’m at home, and not a hotel, couch naps reign supreme. When I go to bed, it’s an experience, and I don’t want it to be interrupted or cut short. My bed is my oasis. So when I need to nap, the couch is the perfect place. I feel like I’m sneaking in extra rest/self care. Like an added bonus.
Maddie: bed naps are far and away the superior naps, but you have to use a blanket on TOP of your covers. you can’t get under your comforter. that is only for night sleeping
Terri: i agree, comforters are NOT for naps
Adrienne Breaux (Tours Director): The reason why couch naps are superior: Naps are a little bit naughty. They’re like little stolen moments of slumber. When the rest of the world is toiling away at work, you’re crawling into your own personal heaven of quiet. So they HAVE to be in any place other than the bed. Because bed is for night sleeping only, and I think when you sleep under the covers, you are confusing your brain and body
I mean, I agree that if there’s a bed nap, it HAS to be on top of the covers
I also sometimes will lay perpendicular
Charli: If I had to “nap in bed” (that’s not a thing) I would certainly do it on top of the comforter.
Megan: adrienne, i fully agree. i have succumbed to bed naps, usually by accident when i am trying to read, and i always wake up in total confusion
Maddie: i understand that couch nap people believe a bed is a sacred place for sleeping, but my no under-the-comforter rule fixes this
Terri: my position is thus: both naps are good, but happen under different circumstances. couch naps, for me, are always accidental: i’m reading or watching tv, and then the sweet, sweet claws of slumber grasp me and i melt away
bed naps are intentional and i WILL AND DO flop myself onto bed for a quick midday power nap as needed
Tara: do y’all just have the world’s comfiest couches tho?
Megan: no i can sleep literally sitting up
i do not need a comfy couch
although i will say mine is pretty comfy, albeit a tiny bit short for a full lay-down
Adrienne: i have a nap CORNER
it’s an oversized lounge chair from the ’70s along with a heavy pouf
Charli: I too have a nap couch/corner, it’s divine — good sunlight and breeze for afternoon spring naps, a window, and it was an investment.
Megan: i don’t like to be in bed in not pajamas. address please
Maddie: i nap in bed in sweatpants
Terri: NAP CLOTHES?
(i know nap dresses are a thing, but!)
Megan: i am very grossed out by outside clothes in bed
i know that’s not the topic here but it’s how i feel
Adrienne: strong no outside clothes on bed
Charli: Nap clothes is a thing. I have nap leggings and outside leggings.
No bras for naps! Ever!
Terri: …no bras ever, period
Adrienne: bra ALWAYS comes off for naps
Megan: i will admit here that most of my clothes are now nap clothes
so i don’t change if i’m on the couch
Maddie: also you can only take a couch nap if other people aren’t around
unless you dont mind snoozing in front of people just walking by you i guess
Megan: depends on who the people are!
Charli: I can sleep around anyone. Self care. LOL
Adrienne: if other people are around, you have to create physical and mental barriers
for example, i will sometimes create a pillow fort
Adrienne: so you need a light and sound blocker first
which is where the head one comes in
but then you also need to feel surrounded and supported, which is where the top and leg pillows come in
Charli: I love that you have photos 💀
Megan: i do something not as extreme but similar, adrienne
if i really want to zone into my nap, i turn my face toward the back of the couch
and pull up a blanket real high
Terri: i actually sleep better with people around
quiets down the loud thoughts in my mind, AND feels sneaky, which makes sleep more appealing!
Megan: @Terri do you do earbuds or anything?
Terri: no, they are v distracting and annoying
Charli: I have a nap playlist too
Maddie: a nap playlist is bonkers. WHITE NOISE ONLY
GIVE ME LOUD FANS
Charli: Anita Baker’s voice always rocks me to sleep! And Nina Simone too
Adrienne: i would prefer gentle sounds of nature but a lot of times i have to do ear plugs
wow anyone who can fall asleep to music… sorry you’ve lost me on this one Charli
white noise or no noise only please
Megan: i love a nap playlist for a plane but for home naps i go au naturale, baby
my go-to sleep album for a decade has been plans by death cab for cutie
Maddie: my white noise machine sets the mood for nap time
Terri: nature sounds, podcasts, tv, etc. i can fall asleep to, but i’ve never tried music
Charli: I hear you, Adrienne! Nature’s playlist is a song too. The birds on the weekends outside my window understand the assignment!
Megan: i use white noise for my nighttime sleep! never daytime sleep
Adrienne: the best nap in the entire world is a friday afternoon nap while it’s thunderstorming
tell me i’m wrong
Charli: Rain naps are a must!!
Terri: rain naps are the BEST
Adrienne: all pets cuddled up
Megan: ok who here is a prolific fall-asleep-wherever-whenever-if-i-am-tired napper
Adrienne: i weirdly can’t sleep everywhere
i do need a lot of things to line up
Maddie: ok i know this isn’t part of the discourse right now, but falling asleep as a passenger in car? so easy, so good
Terri: perhaps the best nap, maddie
ok that’s the real wild card here
i LOVE car naps
Adrienne: i can’t ever get comfortable!
y’all are wrong!
Tara: i always feel bad if I’m the only other person in the car tho
Megan: sometimes when i am sleepy in a car i just wish that the drive would be another hour or two
Terri: saaaame, you can even like feel when the end of the road trip is near, even as you’re napping
Adrienne: honestly i get very sleepy when i drive i can’t drive anywhere long distance when it’s my normal nap time i worry
Megan: i have fallen asleep on: cars, trains, planes, boats
Maddie: it reminds me of how some people put baby carriers on top of dryers to get them to sleep. bc of the rocking or whatever. that is a car nap for me
Megan: i fell asleep on a passenger ferry sitting in a dining chair once
i would nap on a dryer
Charli: Ranking Naps: 1. Beach/Vacation outside naps. 2. Couch naps. 3. car naps. 4. Midday naps, period.
Megan: ok so for couch and/or bed naps, what is your blanket situation
Maddie: you don’t need any of these fancy accessories for a bed nap, just saying
Adrienne: sofa throw at maximum!
but honestly i like a jacket or sweater thrown over me a tad
Megan: don’t you get chilled??
Maddie: a light blanket for a bed nap. sometimes no blanket if i’m feeling really sleepy
Charli: soft throw only!!
i am outnumbered here
i want to be enveloped in blanket
Terri: i do a little fetal position curl-up and self-heat
Charli: I like blanket + breeze when I can for my couch naps. The perfect combo!
Megan: i want the largest blanket possible
so it covers me all the way to my toes
and has enough extra to roll up next to my face
Tara: why are sofa throws so mis-sized
Adrienne: they are never long enough to pull up to my neck and reach my feet at the same time
Megan: this is the real scandal!!!!
but i also fetal roll so it’s usually okay
i end up using multiple to be able to cover my toesies
Adrienne: see that’s where pets and pillows can come into play
you can use them to strategically cover open spots
Adrienne: i also really, really do not want my partner to nap with me
this is my time
this is not cuddle time
Charli: Agreed! No new (nap) friends. It’ a solo activity.
Put some respect on my naps.
Maddie: i love when my dog sleeps in her bed beside mine because the sound of her snoring puts me to sleep
Charli: Pets are great warmth. They’re also nap magnets. They know when a good couch nap is happening and run to join!
Tara: what’s your nap length
Adrienne: i nap… for a long time
it’s longer than a normal human
Adrienne: okay but i’m not even asleep in 5 minutes
that’s not a nap you’re just closing your eyes
Megan: i’d say my ideal is an hourish
i preface this by saying i do not often nap on purpose
my ideal nap is accidental
Terri: i will wake up and WANT to nap longer, but i know that leads me down a path of destruction
i will wake up in another century if i do that
Charli: Weekend naps, minimum an hour. Weekday “disco naps” minimum 25 minutes lol
Maddie: wait…. 5 minutes??? is not??? a nap???
Terri: y’all ever do a coffee nap
i love those
Megan: it’s a “disco nap”
Adrienne: that’s what i’m saying that’s just closing your eyes
THESE AREN’T OFFICIALLY NAPS Y’ALL ARE OUT OF THE CLUB
Terri: i know!!! but like… i’ll set a timer for 20 mins and then jolt up 5 mins later!
Megan: wow terri
that’s a super power
Terri: haaaave i mentioned i have sleep issues?
Megan: my trouble with naps is usually that i get sucked too deep in
Charli: I want to be your nap guide, Terri
Terri: i used to be a deeeep deep napper, but that just fucked up my nighttime sleep to an unbelievable degree
Tara: is there a nap length where it’s no longer a nap and is a sleep
or is sleep a place
Charli: Good question, Tara! I feel like if I slept more than 2 hours, I probably should have gone to bed…lol
Adrienne: an hour to hour and a half is an actual nap and the way it should be i feel strongly
Megan: @Charli i feel the same
Adrienne: you don’t actually get any sleep if it’s any shorter!?!?
i nap often and i sleep a ton at night YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL
Terri: but the point of napping isn’t sleep, it’s rest
Maddie: anywhere between 30 mins and 1.5 hours works for me
Megan: anything less than an hour is just “shutting my eyes”
i feel like it’s between the two!
rest is 10 minutes of staring at the ceiling
Tara: ok yes what is everyone hoping to get from naps?
Terri: just a little refreshment, for me
Megan: a nap is a baby snooze
a sleep is a full bedtime
Charli: If I sleep less than 25-30 minutes my heart races when I get up and I feel worse, not better
Maddie: when i nap, i hope to get up afterward and have my eyelids not be heavy anymore
Adrienne: i’m fully looking to fall asleep and wake up not feeling tired.
yes! my head feels heavy when i’m sleepy and need a nap
Megan: yeah i want to feel awake again
Charli: I’m hoping to rest my mind and body for a moment to recharge
Adrienne: i wake up and i have energy and i feel less stressed
Maddie: “yeah i want to feel awake again” evergreen tweet
Charli: Socks on or off for naps? I can’t do socks in bed or naps! (like bras)
Adrienne: i wear socks 24/7
Terri: never socks whilst sleeping
must keep the feet open to the elements
Tara: my feet are always cold lately so i’m team sock
Megan: mmm good question, i don’t like socks for bed sleeps but i can get into socks for couch sleeps
yeah i just want to be cozy
Maddie: i will wear socks if i choose no blanket tho
Megan: i’m completely baffled by no blanket
Adrienne: as a taurus i’m HORRIFIED by no coverage or extra coziness
Megan: whenever i do any length of sleep i get chilly
Terri: as an aries, you’re all wrong
Adrienne: but tauruses are the queens of comfort we do reign supreme about these things
Terri: guys i really want to nap now
i’m not even tired
but i want the sensation
Charli: Tara, if we take a nap after this do we get extra credit?
Megan: once, when we’d just moved in and didn’t have any furniture and i just wanted the tiniest bit of sleep
i laid down with my head on the dog bed
it was not terrible
Adrienne: i have… absolutely napped on a dog bed or two in my life
just like, you think you’re cuddling the dog… but then you fall asleep
Tara: ok closing arguments… have you learned anything new? do you want to share a favorite nap of all time (or recently)
Terri: i learned that my naps are too short for this crew
Adrienne: closing argument is that if they really don’t make you feel good, don’t do them. but if you’re not napping because you think you shouldn’t or something, let yourself nap!
Megan: i’m interested in trying a smaller nap but i cannot do five min, sorry terri
Adrienne: embrace napping! it’s not laziness it’s self care!
Megan: fully agree
nap the way you like to nap
Maddie: “LET YOURSELF NAP”
Megan: be the nap you want to see in the world
Adrienne: and i personally think that you SHOULD be quiet if someone around you is trying to nap that’s just nap courtesy
Terri: yeah no i refrain from naps because my insomnia gets so bad, but my doctor is like “sleep is sleep. please nap and don’t worry about it”
Charli: I learned that I might sleep even better without music and I’d like to share that if you can afternoon Couch Nap under a cross breeze on a weekend afternoon, it’s a game changer! This was fun everyone!
Maddie: i want to share a recent fave nap of mine. i was very sleepy from waking up super early, so i drank some cold brew to perk myself up. but it didn’t work so i somehow laid down for a 30 min nap and woke up feeling on top of the world
Terri: THAT’S A COFFEE NAP
i love them
Megan: oooh i need to try a coffee nap
that is my assignment for next week
Charli: I need coffee nap instructions!
Terri: drink something caffeinated, take a nap, and you’ll wake up like 15-30 mins later ready to take on the day
the caffeine kicks in and wakes you up and carries you through
Megan: my best naps? were when i woke up early with our puppy while he was potty training
and i would lay him on my chest and just snooze a little bit before real morning
it was perfect
Tara: everyone try a new nap and report back
Charli: Love that, Tara! Challenge accepted
Megan: i can’t wait to rock my nap world