I have made a decision that I think could change American culture as we all know it. I think we should enforce an afternoon siesta period. I think it should be federally mandated that from 1 to 3 p.m., every weekday afternoon, all work should shut down so we can all take naps.
If you're under 18 and a nap sounds more like punishment, you could spend the time reading, listening to your mp3 player or something else restful.
If you have a small child in the house, you can coordinate your naps with his/hers.
If you're over 30 or so, and have matured enough to realize that naps belong under the heading of "Precious Life Gifts We Rarely Appreciate Enough at the Time", you can use this time to SLEEP. (Or, if you're really lucky, have a sexual encounter with someone you love and THEN nap.)
Just think what better moods we would all be in? Our efficiency would go up, our impatience would go down. Our efforts would be dedicated to doing our jobs well instead of trying to keep our eyes open. We would be more tolerant and less grumpy. We would smile more and complain less. Sure, we might have to work a little later in the evenings to make up for it, but it would be worth it. And, since we were more rested, we wouldn't mind nearly as much.
The only people I see suffering from this new rule is coffee companies. They thrive on the fact that none of us get enough sleep anymore so we turn to caffeine in utter desperation (it isn't just me, right?). However, they could branch out a little. Offer more cookies and less espresso. More juices and less shots.
So, who's with me? Ready to start campaigning to get this on the next ballot? I would lead you into battle, but frankly . . . I can't keep my eyes open long enough.