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Cats Sleeping: Submit Your Own! (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 02/ 2/2012 7:07 am   Updated: 02/ 7/2012 9:57 am

There's a reason it's called a "cat nap". If dogs are the unplug-and-recharge professionals, then cats are the kings and queens of sleep.

According to the National Sleep Foundation's most recent annual Sleep in America poll, 43 percent of Americans ages 13 to 64 say they rarely or never get a good night's sleep during the week. Not surprising, then, when the average poll participant reported getting only six hours and 55 minutes of sleep a night!

This kind of sleep deprivation can catch up with you when your circadian rhythms naturally dip in the middle of the afternoon, leaving many the desk-jockey to wonder if it's possible to nap at work without getting canned.

Your cat may be onto something. In fact, our feline friends sleep more than most other mammals -- up to 16 hours a day, according to vetstreet.com. So take a cue and sleep early and often and in any and every sun-soaked corner you can find. And not just because it's cozy and warm: The health benefits of sleep include healthy weight maintenance, improved memory, heightened mood and more.

We hope these photos of resting felines will inspire you to catch a little extra shuteye of your own.

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  • Lizzy

    --Simon Heseltine, Director - SEO, AOL Huffington Post Media Group

  • Sparta

    She enjoyed her little coat so much it put her right to sleep! --Paige Harmes, Weekend Overnight Shift Supervisor, The Huffington Post Media Group

  • Cary Grant

    --Lucy Blodgett, Assistant Editor, The Huffington Post Los Angeles

  • Ruca

    --Jordan Schultz, Sports Columnist, The Huffington Post

  • Daxter Bailey

    Dax for short sleeping on his favorite canine. --Paige Harmes, Weekend Overnight Shift Supervisor, The Huffington Post Media Group

  • Clara

    --Alicia Maye, Executive Assistant at AOL Huffington Post Media Group

  • Jasmine

    This is Jasmine, enjoying a level of relaxation humans can only aspire to. --Laura Paull, Supervising Editor for Citizen Journalism / Off the Bus 2012, The Huffington Post

  • Rogue

    She is a mutant cat with extra toes on her paws, so we named her after the "X-Men" character! --Liz Perle, Editor, The Huffington Post High School

  • Pickles

    --Sarah Klein, Associate Editor, Healthy Living, The Huffington Post

  • Dany, Georgina and Arya

    --Jade Walker, Overnight Editor, The Huffington Post

  • Doozer Monkey and Figgy Monster

    --Jennifer Spugnardi, Editing And Quality Manager, Seed, AOL Huffington Post Media Group

  • Kashi

    --Anna Brand, Homepage Editor, Aol.com, AOL Huffington Post Media Group

  • Felix

    --Jordan Schultz, Sports Columnist, The Huffington Post

  • Ann

    This is Ann (mostly) asleep. --Robb Monn, Systems Architect, The Huffington Post

  • Mordecai

    --Kerstin Picht Shamberg, Social Media Editor, The Huffington Post Media Group

  • Mr. Nixon

    --David Lohr, Senior Crime Reporter, The Huffington Post

  • Charlie

    Sleeping sitting up. --Jennifer Bendery, Political Reporter, The Huffington Post

  • Ellsworth

    --Daniela Perdomo, Social Impact Business Development, The Huffington Post Media Group

  • Orange

    Router love. --Shay Brog, AOL

  • Being springy. --Shay Brog, AOL

  • George And Gracie

    Sleeping in the morning sun. --Christy Harris, CIPP, AOL Global Privacy

  • Gracie

    Since Gracie's awake in the picture before, here she is asleep on my lap on the couch. --Christy Harris, CIPP, AOL Global Privacy

  • Angel

    --Carla Lohr

  • Keegan

    --Matt Stone, Phoenix, AZ

  • Waffles

    --Heather and Jeff Irvine, Brooklyn, NY

  • Orange Blossom

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kitty127"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kitty127">kitty127</a>:<br />He likes to sleep in the sun.

  • Sammy

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JoMaz"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JoMaz">JoMaz</a>:<br />So comfy. I love my blanket!

  • Lilo

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/aubrey_jacobs"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/yahoo_profile_img/2307785.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/aubrey_jacobs">aubrey jacobs</a>:<br />I came home from work one day to find her sitting on my porch. She was skin and bones, so I took her to the vet and had her checked for a chip. The Vet said that if she had been out for one more week she would have most likely starved to death. I decided to take her in. She has brought so much joy to my household, a true little blessing.

  • Donovan and Rocky

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/armoangel"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/armoangel">armoangel</a>:<br />You would never know they were brothers who chase each other when they sleep like this ;)

  • Savanna

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/erndut"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/erndut">erndut</a>:<br />Just catching a few zzzzzzzzzzzz!

  • Lil Vernon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/reesagirl"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/reesagirl">reesagirl</a>:<br />Lil Vernon loving the Sun.

  • Cuddling Kitties

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Paula_Krapf"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/759780-tiny.png?20091007130738" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Paula_Krapf">Paula Krapf</a>:<br />A rare moment of tranquility for Angus and Foo.

  • Eckhart Tollecat

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/getbacktowork"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/getbacktowork">getbacktowork</a>:<br />Eckhart Tollecat keeps us in the moment.

  • Nap With Sherlock

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jeffrey_Felburg"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100000374211612/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jeffrey_Felburg">Jeffrey Felburg</a>:<br />

  • Bleve with his arm around Chloe Claire...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Kimberly_I_Smith"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100002245076664/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Kimberly_I_Smith">Kimberly I Smith</a>:<br />

  • Braxton

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/dixied22"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/dixied22">dixied22</a>:<br />He likes mommy to hold him like a baby!

  • Best Friends

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/juliananicole12"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/juliananicole12">juliananicole12</a>:<br />Lola's favorite sleeping spot

  • Eliza and GusGus

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mlubinteigen"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mlubinteigen">mlubinteigen</a>:<br />Yin and Yang.

  • Serafina and Vyvyan settle down, finally

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mztupelo"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/2436462-tiny.png?20111201195721" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mztupelo">mztupelo</a>:<br />

  • Kevin and Burt

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kkkkat"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1491636-tiny.png?20110330213509" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kkkkat">kkkkat</a>:<br />Kevin and his dog brother enjoying each other's napping company.

  • Napping with Dad.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kkkkat"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1491636-tiny.png?20110330213509" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kkkkat">kkkkat</a>:<br />

  • Munchie

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/rax19"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/rax19">rax19</a>:<br />This is our fuzzface. She loves to sleep anywhere and everywhere. And often covers her eyes. I should get her one of those eye masks. We can have a matching set!

  • Smokey & Steve

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jessica_Blau"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1112978254/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jessica_Blau">Jessica Blau</a>:<br />Smokey & Kitty

  • Strangely Brown

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ZonieBoy"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ZonieBoy">ZonieBoy</a>:<br />Strangely Brown

  • Hercules

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ZonieBoy"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ZonieBoy">ZonieBoy</a>:<br />Hercules

  • McMacky

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/motive440"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/motive440">motive440</a>:<br />Anywhere. Simply anywhere.

  • CopyCats

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/denadena"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/denadena">denadena</a>:<br />Zelda & Krishna - "The Chums" Rescued Sphynx's

  • Bandit

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/bharrod11"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/bharrod11">bharrod11</a>:<br />Bandit likes to sleep in the sink, patiently waiting for some fresh faucet water

  • Mr. Kai, fast asleep

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/klspitzner"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/klspitzner">klspitzner</a>:<br />

  • Savannah

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Sebastion"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/2288434-tiny.png?20111017172900" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Sebastion">Sebastion</a>:<br />Anywhere she can be belly up!

  • FANG!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/electronaut"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/electronaut">electronaut</a>:<br />Fang sleeps all day and all night, but he takes occasional breaks to eat, snuggle, bug, and gallop around the house.

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