Cat nap

Idiom

Cat nap

Definition

A cat nap is a brief, light sleep that is taken during the day.

Examples

She took a quick cat nap and felt refreshed afterwards.

I need a cat nap or I won’t make it through this afternoon’s meeting.

Origin

The phrase ‘cat nap’ first appeared in the early 1800s. It is thought to have derived from the idea that cats often take short naps throughout the day.

FAQs

Is a cat nap the same as a power nap?

Yes, they are essentially the same thing. A cat nap is a brief, light sleep taken during the day.

How long can a cat nap last?

Typically, a cat nap lasts between 15 and 30 minutes.