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"What about naps? I'm a cat: I need some naps. If I don't nap nine or ten times a day, I don't have enough energy for my main snooze."
Cat, Red Dwarf, "Queeg"

This trope describes a character who just loves sleeping. They frequently take naps and may outright consider sleeping to be an art or hobby.

They will often take their going-to-sleep routine very seriously because for them, it's a ritual. What they eat and drink before going to bed is important — a glass of warm milk is common. They are likely to wear nice pajamas and perhaps even a nightcap. They will pay attention to the place where they sleep: a nice couch at the office will do just fine, but at home, they will have a good bed with fluffy pillows, a nice comforter, and clean, freshly washed sheets. A sweet pet bed is a variant for animals. They will often beg for Five More Minutes when woken up or violently attack the awakener.

The reasons for this vary. They might really dislike active lifestyle and action-oriented hobbies. They can be fond of vivid dreams and extra adventures and memories they provide. They might be aware that lack of sleep will make them cranky and annoying. Perhaps they just love how fresh and alert they feel when they wake up after a really good night's sleep. It might help them to focus. Or they can be simply too lazy for other hobbies and interests. They might be The Sleepless but really long to sleep.

Compare Big Eater who has a similar attitude towards eating and often has this trait. Often overlaps with Heavy Sleeper (hard to wake up), Sleepyhead (dozes off often, whether they want to or not), An Odd Place to Sleep (falling asleep in at almost any place), and Not a Morning Person (people who dislike waking up and morning routines).


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Suzu of Ayakashi Triangle is generally something of a hedonist, and getting a good night's rest is one of several passion Garaku attributes to her excessive Life Energy. Suzu even exercises before bed just to sleep better.
    The moment when you first lie down is the best!
  • In Bokurano, it's often noted that Jun Ushiro likes sleeping. He notably is unable to sleep around the time his turn to fight comes up, since he's less concerned about his impending death no matter how the battle goes than he is about whether the result of the battle will mean anything. It doesn't help that he has nightmares about his adoptive sister Kana's death.
  • Doraemon:
    • Nobita is one of the most famous Japanese examples. Sleeping is his favorite hobby, and he starts sleeping as soon as he returns from school, instead of doing his homework or studying. He's so good at naps that Dorameon once used a gadget to turn it into a talent.
    • The Doraemons has El Matadora, whose hobby is siesta (napping), and can even start napping in the midst of danger.
  • Leji, the school teacher from Haré+Guu, typically tries to make the school days revolve around naps. His name is a Meaningful Name as it sounds like the Japanese pronunciation of "Lazy".
  • This is the premise of Saeki San Wa Nemutteru. Class rep Saeki loves to sleep, which stems from many happy memories of taking naps with her father as a child. She will constantly try to find ways to sneak naps during the day to the point of having worked out which teachers it's easy to get away with sleeping in class with. Male lead Tokiwa notices her in the first chapter using an eraser and ruler stuffed down her shirt to prop her head up so it doesn't droop and give her away. It's a Running Gag that the idea of simply not sleeping is never a consideration.
  • Rukawa from Slam Dunk declares sleeping to be his hobby.
  • The princess from Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle takes this to Idiosyncrazy levels. Everything she does is related to her getting a good night's sleep.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, sleeping, along with eating, are Paddi's two favorite things to do. In Joys of Seasons episode 13, it's shown that Paddi developed these obsessions since his parents were too lazy to play with him, and his mother gave him a cake to eat, giving Paddi the impression that sleeping and eating are fun.

    Comic Books 
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe: One of the defining characteristics of Donald Duck, alongside his Hair-Trigger Temper and Big Eater tendencies. In Don Rosa's The Quest for Kalevala, Donald is allowed early entrance into the Land of the Dead because he is such a devotee of sleep, allowing him and Scrooge to find a lost piece of the Sampo.
  • The Belgian comic Yakari has the beaver Bois-de-Lit (literally 'Bedwood'), who tries and sleep on every single surface he finds: a branch, grass, rocks, a pony's back... As soon as he settles somewhere, he falls asleep, and it takes a lot of yelling to wake him up again.

    Comic Strips 
  • Beetle Bailey: The title character is a private in the U.S. Army. He tries to sleep as late as possible in the morning (regularly having to be dragged out of bed) and tries to nap during the day whenever possible.
  • Garfield: Garfield is very fond of his catnaps. Sleeping and eating lasagne are his major hobbies.
  • Peanuts: Snoopy was quite the connoisseur of naps. Best exemplified in one strip where he bemoans "I missed the golden age of radio. I missed the golden age of television. I missed the golden age of movies. I refuse to miss the golden age of sleeping!"

    Film — Animated 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In Mystery Train, Mitsuko explains her deep, abiding love of sleep, adding, "and when I die, I'll never sleep again".

    Literature 
  • Sir Simon of The Canterville Ghost is a ghost. It turns out he's The Sleepless who hasn't slept for three hundred years, but he longs to go to sleep and dreamily describes a beautiful garden where he could sleep in peace. Virginia soon realizes he talks about death and eternal sleep.
    Sir Simon: Far away beyond the pine-woods, there is a little garden. There the grass grows long and deep, there are the great white stars of the hemlock flower, there the nightingale sings all night long. All night long he sings, and the cold crystal moon looks down, and the yew-tree spreads out its giant arms over the sleepers.
    Virginia: [whispering] You mean the Garden of Death.
    Sir Simon: Yes, death. Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace.
  • The Leader Eldon from The Cold Moons is a badger who loves to eat and sleep. He's a less-than-stellar leader due to his laziness.
  • In Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this applies to all three Heffley brothers:
    • Greg dislikes waking up early and often takes naps in the afternoon to feel rested.
    • Rodrick likes napping even more than Greg and once accidentally napped for a day and a half.
    • Manny hates being woken up from his naps.
  • The Heroes of Olympus has Clovis, son of the god of sleep, Hypnos. He's perpetually sleepy and frequently dozes off. Because of this, he's extremely knowledgeable about the nature of dreams and the gods, attempting to use his powers to restore Jason's missing memories before informing him that they were stolen by the gods rather than suppressed.
  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul: Odin really likes sleeping in the old folks home he's in. When he's not sleeping, he's thinking about sleeping, or his bed, or fresh linens.
  • Kumin of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! isn't only a Sleepyhead; she intends to establish a Japanese School Club for napping as well.
  • In Ruled Britannia, Diego, the only servant of the Spanish playwright and soldier Lope, finds every excuse to sleep that he can, and seems to consider it his primary hobby.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Detectives Scully and Hitchcock are Those Two Guys, bumbling around the office and waiting the time out until their retirement. Their only skills and interests are eating, sitting, and sleeping. They have a special fondness for a rather old couch in their break room and when the precinct gets a new one, they immediately try to make it as shabby (and comfortable) as the old one. They have a secret nap room (soundproof for maximum privacy). Scully can also fall asleep at will while sitting by his desk.
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: In "Trent", in the song "Buttload of Cats" ("Fuckton of Cats" in the explicit version), about becoming a Crazy Cat Lady, it's mentioned that cats sleep about 16 hours a day. Because they're so fond of sleeping, they're less than ideal pets.
  • The Mentalist: Patrick Jane, the CBI consultant, is really fond of his rather shabby leather couch that he keeps in the sleek-looking office and he loves lying there and taking naps. This half-sleeping, half-lucid state of mind helps him to solve cases.
  • Odd Squad: Arctic Mr. O, the Odd Squad Director at the Arctic precinct, is very much a Sleepyhead who takes eight naps on the daily. Since his precinct's agents don't solve many odd cases, he's got all the free time in the world to sleep, and if "Odd Beginnings: Part 1" is any indication, he often falls asleep at his desk. He doesn't have much in the way of energy in general either — the OddTube episode "Know an O: Part 1" has him becoming tired after merely giving out The Golden Rule as a piece of useful advice for other Directors, and promptly falls asleep the second Orla allows him to take a nap in mid-interview.
  • Red Dwarf: The Cat, a humanoid creature, the last known member of felix sapiens (a race which evolved from the kittens of Lister's pet cat Frankenstein). He's known for his fashion sense, good looks, and sex appeal, and he loves eating and sleeping — especially in the first and second series. In "Confidence and Paranoia", he's satisfied with his day because he's eaten five times, slept six times, and made a lot of things his. In "Queeg", he claims he has to nap nine or ten times a day, otherwise he won't have enough energy for his main snooze.

    Music 
  • The Beatles song I'm Only Sleeping depicts someone like this, with the instrumental even fading in and out to illustrate the singer falling asleep mid-song.
    Everybody seems to think I'm lazy
    I don't mind, I think they're crazy
    Runnin' everywhere at such a speed
    Til they find, there's no need...

    Toys 
  • Care Bears: Bedtime Bear is a perpetually sleepy Care Bear, whose job is to make sure everyone has a good night's rest. Even his belly badge — a blue moon with a hanging star — is shown sleeping.
  • Lalaloopsy: Pillow Featherbed loves sleeping. She always wears pajamas and always ends up curled up, falling fast asleep. Her name is based on her favorite things she possesses and which she can fall asleep on: her nice feathery bed and her comfy pillow.

    Video Games 
  • Dragalia Lost has Mitsuhide, the leader of the Rat Wyrmclan. She is an incredibly Lazy Bum who tries to prioritize napping above all else. Usually, Mitsuhide will try to weasel her way out of certain jobs, and often try to get Chitose or Daikokuten to do it for her.
  • In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, a suicidal man standing on a cliff muses that death must be "like flying — and then suddenly falling into a deep, blissful sleep". However, if the player takes him at his word, he will scream in shock as he falls.
  • Lyner Barsett from EXA_PICO considers sleeping to be one of the most enjoyable activities there is.
  • Linhardt von Hevring from Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a Brilliant, but Lazy student of the Officer's Academy whose two chief loves are Crest research and sleeping. He complains that taking any action outside of what interests him, even talking, leaves him exhausted to where he'll fall asleep standing up. His personal skill is Catnap!
  • The Hex: Mr. Squarrel is seen sleeping whenever the player sees him. This is eventually revealed to have a tragic context: His lover Mr. Shrewd died, and he sleeps so much because Mr. Shrewd is there in his dreams.
  • Meitenkun of The King of Fighters XIV belongs to the protagonist Shun'ei's team. He likes to sleep whenever he can, sometimes during fights even. His hobby is "getting back to sleep for the 5th time", and his fighting style is called "Eight Extremities Sleeping Fist". However, he's a surprisingly strong fighter whom Shun'ei struggles to beat every time they spar.
  • Pokémon:
  • Sleeping Beauty from SINoALICE is obsessed with sleeping; she spends all her time sleeping and dreaming and would prefer to stay that way, and she won't hesitate to kill anyone who interrupts her sleep. She sees the sleeping curse as a blessing and was very displeased when the prince woke her up.

    Webcomics 
  • Lillian from Go Get a Roomie! sees sleeping (or dreaming to be precise) as the sole purpose of existence, at least until she meets Roomie, and even then, Roomie is only able to get through to her after expressing interest in her dreams.
  • Homestuck:
    • Jade Harley is a Genki Girl living with her dog on an isolated island. Given her general lack of responsibilities, she spends a lot of her time sleeping — and continues to be active while doing so, thanks to a robot her dream self can control in the waking world. This creeps her friends out to no avail when she chats with them while technically asleep, and at one point Dave tricks her into waking herself up by slapping her sleeping body with her robot body. This is eventually revealed to be psychic-induced narcolepsy, from Vriska's testing on her.
    • Similarly, Gamzee has a pile of clown horns he apparently enjoys sleeping on when he's still docile.
  • Tiffany Et from Precocious often falls asleep at the drop of a hat. She once even did it in the middle of what one would assume to be a painful crash landing.

    Western Animation 
  • An Australian animated series titled The Adventures of Napman revolves around a superhero who constantly sleeps on a cot pulled by his dog and never at any point does he wake up. He "saves the day" from the force of movement by his dog or his own sleeping habits, though we don't know if he's in a coma or choosing to sleep all the time.
  • Brak from The Brak Show. Once, he can be heard muttering between snores, "MAN, I love sleeping. I wish I could wake up so I could go back to sleep again."
  • In the DuckTales (2017) episode "A Nightmare on Killmotor Hill!", Lazy Bum Louie loves sleeping so much that he goes to sleep in his dream world.
  • The Great Gazoo from The Flintstones is often shown napping, or being woken up from his naps by his masters, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble.
  • Kaeloo: Mr. Cat loves to take naps and is often shown sleeping onscreen. This is explained in-universe by the fact that he's a cat, so he needs 16 hours of sleep a day.
  • In Martha Speaks, Martha the dog really likes to take naps.
  • Gems in Steven Universe never need to sleep, and so they only do it for recreation. Amethyst enjoys it because she's a hedonistic Sense Freak, while Lapis Lazuli likes to "turn off for a bit".
    Steven: I thought Gems don't need sleep.
    Amethyst: We don't. Feels good, though.

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