Illustrated napping enthusiasts

Current or past, illustrious personalities practice or have practiced naps regularly. Some examples:

Winston Churchill
The former British prime minister was a night owl. He worked better at night. To keep it in the running, he used to stop every day at 5 p.m. for a whiskey-coca and a 2-hour nap. Then he returned to his work and his intensive nights.


Léonard De Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was a true genius. His sleep patterns were as unusual as his abilities. He believed in the power of naps and slept according to a certain schedule: a 20-minute nap every 4 hours.


Pope Francis
“I too when I pray, sometimes I fall asleep,” the Argentinian pontiff says with a smile in an interview with Italian Catholic TV2000.

“Holy Teresa of the Child Jesus said that she too did it and that God liked it,” he adds, before quoting a psalm calling the believer to “be before God as a child in his father’s arms.”

“This is one of the many ways to sanctify the name of God, to feel like a child in his arms,” the pope assures, suggesting that there was no better place to fall asleep.

At 80, Jorge Bergoglio seems brimming with energy when he meets the crowds, but his face gets serious when he prays, often standing with his head down and his eyes closed for long periods of time.

Although his schedule is always very busy, his rhythm remains steady: he goes to bed every night before 9pm to get up at 4am, and always takes a nap after lunch, according to Vatican sources.


John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Two long hours… It was also the length of the 35th napePresident of the United States. Like a groundhog, he didn’t want to be woken up for anything in the world. With the exception of an extreme emergency related to his duties


Salvador Dali had the key to a successful micro-sieste. The Spanish painter was an insomniac. He worked at night and needed to recover quickly during the day. To make sure he didn’t waste time taking long naps, he devised an unstoppable method: he sat in an armchair with a key in hand. He laid a plate under his hand and closed his eyes quietly. When the key fell, the sound of his fall on the plate immediately woke him up. In addition to the immediacy of the awakening, the mere fact of falling asleep for a few seconds made him a crazy good…


Thomas Edison liked to brag about being able to work long hours tirelessly. But in reality, he regularly recovered energy by taking small naps. And energy, he needed it very much to make the phonograph or the light bulb! The electricity pioneer and founder of General Electric, didn’t boast about taking naps. So he would make them in secret whenever he felt the need.


Ronald Reagan

The small sums of money ofe the actor who became 40th president of the United States between 1981 and 1989, have been controversial. Some of his opponents used these moments of rest against him, seeing it as a sign of nonchalance. Well known for his sense of humor, he reportedly joked about it the day he left office in the White House. He shouted to his staff, pointing to the chair of his office: “You can write: Ronald Reagan slept here.”


François Hollande
The former president of the French Republic said he paid special attention to his sleep. This advice had been given to him by one of his predecessors, Lionel Jospin.
François Hollande was a fan of mini-siestes to keep pace with his days as a politician, already long before he was elected president.


Jacques Chirac

He, too, slept little at night. But he was napping a lot, especially on the plane

And those short nights may have had an impact on his body. He was not so healthy from the age of 70, perhaps precisely because of the wear and tear associated with his sleep.


Football and napping

In recent years, football clubs, which are strangely unsy and no stranger to communicating on the subject, no longer laugh with napping. The SCO of Angers, for example, imposes it on its players. When he arrived at Real Madrid, Rafael Benez had also made napping an obligation for Ronaldo and company.

Blaise Matudi

«Around 1 p.m., I go home to take my afternoon nap, usually an hour. The work day is not over yet because rest is part of the job.When he delivers his professional player program this professional ballplayer does not forget his small daily sleep. Because he knows he needs it. And perhaps also because PSG, his employer, recommends him, or even forces him to respect this niche. Lionel Messi

The famous footballer with the 6 golden balls is no longer presented.

He is also reputed to be a heavy sleeper and reveals to be a napping enthusiast
“My typical day? I get up early, have breakfast with my family, then go to practice. We meet to eat at noon, I take a nap, we take maté (South American drink) and we go out. »


Darius Rochebin, Journalist

“I often have insomnia. The only remedy I found was to take a nap between noon and two. Before, when I couldn’t close my eyes at night, I was dramatizing a lot. I thought my day the next day was ruined or that I was going to be sick. But since I take naps, I know that in case of bad night I can always recover later. Thanks to this I feel free from the stress associated with nocturnal insomnia and unconsciously they have become lighter. I enjoy the last few minutes of sleep rather than rage over the insomnia that kept me awake.”

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