I recently read a column in Vanity Fair by a writer who had just discovered that she needed “me” time. Now, I think Vanity Fair is one of the better magazines on the newsstand, but this struck me as a little behind the times. I mean, I’ve been espousing “me” time practically since birth. There’s a whole trail of friends and co-workers who would back me up on this claim. In fact, many of them would be happy if I never spoke of me again.

But even though “me” time is always good for a laugh, I also consider it a very serious matter. In a break from tradition, I don’t think “me” time is just for me. I think everyone should subscribe to the notion. Our calendars are a never-ending parade of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, meetings, concerts, movies, soccer games, birthday parties, errands, sporting events, travel … the list goes on, until suddenly every day is filled. I was just talking to someone who was trying to plan a group get-together. When she compared everyone’s schedules, she realized that they would have to book the date two months out to find an evening that worked for everyone. Although that seems ludicrous, it’s not unusual.

So what, you say? I’m glad you asked. As the Vanity Fair columnist noted, when we run from one commitment to the next, there’s no down time, which only increases the stress and exhaustion we experience. And we all know that’s not a healthy way to live. All this running around leaves no time to indulge ourselves in a great book, a favorite newspaper, a good movie watched from the couch, or, my favorite, a nap.

In fact, this columnist suggested a “national nap,” which is an awesome idea. We may not have appreciated it when we were kids and were forced to take daily naps, but now more people are discovering the benefits of stealing a few minutes for sleep.

I, for example, am one of the world’s greatest nappers. If they gave out trophies for such a thing, I’d have a closetful. How cool would it be if I could get paid for napping? (Although some people would say that already happens.) I can sleep anywhere, anytime, so I feel sorry for people who can’t nap or don’t like to nap or, even worse, who are insomniacs. They are missing out on one of the greatest restorative treats in the world. Naps can make almost anything better, the perfect antidote when you’ve run out of juice.

If you turn click here., you’ll find lots of interesting information on this “trend,” as well as a quiz to help you determine whether you’re a nap queen or king like I am or a sleep-­deprived zombie.

No matter what category you fall into, open your calendar, PalmPilot, BlackBerry — wherever you keep all those appointments — and schedule some time just for yourself. I guarantee you’ll be a better person (or at least a more tolerable person) for it.

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