I love sleep. A good nap is one of the best things there is. As I’ve been out, delivering copies of Other People’s Granddads across the parish, I’ve had to be up and about fairly early in the morning.

Other people do mornings. I don’t.

However, in order to do that thang and get the books out there, I’ve had to be awake at times when my body isn’t ready. And naps are what keep it all ticking over.

It seems to be the cliché on every show that features some aspect of family life – the kid never wants to take their nap. They might be completely exhausted – they don’t want to take their nap. Of course, the second the kid’s head hits the pillow, they’re out like a light.

I have a friend who can’t bear sleeping. It’s not that he can’t sleep. He can, he just chooses not to if he can avoid it. He can always find something better to do, he says. Sleep is a waste of time, he says. He’s a good bloke but he’s dead wrong.

Sleep is completely fundamental to human existence. The body can’t heal itself, can’t recover from the rigours of the daily grind, can’t process all the thoughts of a day, without sleep. I have nothing but sympathy for those who suffer from insomnia. I’ve only had it once or twice but it was torture.

Thinking on, I heard about an audiobook, designed solely to help you sleep – featuring very boring stories, read by an intentionally monotone reader. I don’t know if it works, but I’ll see if I can find the link…


There you go. Let me know if it works.

Sleep is very important.