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There isn’t a man I know who doesn’t enjoy a quick power nap at any given time during the day, no matter where they are.

This ability to recharge our batteries is often seen as a weakness by the fairer sex. But let me assure you, it’s vital to our everyday function.

As we shared stories of our weekends on my show this week, news anchor Michael Coombes informed me of a situation a lot of men have found themselves in at some point in their lives.

After returning from London and a boozy weekend with friends, Michael fell asleep on the train. Given the warmth and rhythmic motion, this is no surprise.

He woke up at Southampton Parkway. One stop to go. But upon opening his eyes again, he saw the sign for Brockenhurst. Disaster.

It was a long, cold, and wet wait for the next train back to Southampton.

He missed his last connection to Swanwick, so had to walk back to Whiteley from Fareham. But it could have been so much worse. Imagine waking up in Weymouth!

I have a similar story. Catching the last catamaran back to the Isle of Wight in the 1990s, I sat right at the back for the smoothest ride.

The rumble of the engines, coupled with the swaying motion and a warm seat, meant I was soon asleep.

As I woke, I could see the Hot Walls in Old Portsmouth. I’d been in such a deep sleep that I didn’t realise we’d arrived at Ryde and we left to go back to Portsmouth with me still on board!

I then had to go to Gunwharf to catch the 4am car ferry to the island.

I reckon my father-in-law could fall asleep on a rollercoaster ride.

He nodded off last Sunday in the pub and in the car on the way home, in mid-conversation.

My wife sees these cat naps as laziness, but I explained it to her.

They’re important. They help us function just that little bit longer. It keeps our moods level and our thoughts rational.

I said if women also took the odd nap, the world would be a much safer place for us men.

Imagine how it would improve their mood...