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Avoid being a sluggard, and act like an ant?

Do ants sleep?

Every morning I read a chapter in Proverbs. My goal is to be wise, and not a fool; to avoid being a sluggard by modelling my behavior after the ant.

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Proverbs 6:6

When I considered the ants ways, I assumed ants never slept. When I picked up a rock in my garden the ants underneath the rock were running around. They didn’t appear to be sleeping. It never occurred to me they were running to avoid the sun. They didn’t want to become toast.

Apparently an ant stores its food in summer so it has food in the winter. The ant has a garden and gathers its food at harvest. This year I didn’t plant a garden, so I have no food to harvest. However, I do keep extra cans of green beans and corn in the cupboard in case I can’t drive to the store because of severe rain.

Obviously ants can’t work all the time. They have to sleep. But, how much?

Queen Ants average of 92 -6 minute naps per day for a combined total of 9.4 hours of sleep. In contrast, the workers average 253 naps per day that last for only 1.1 minutes each for a combined total of 4.8 hours of sleep.
Gabrielle Marks

I could set the timer on my phone for 92 intervals of 6 minute naps, Or I could take 253 naps every day for 1.1 minutes.

The worker ants stop in place, fold their antennae and sleep. Sleeping in place would mean you don’t  need a bed, you  could sleep wherever you are. Hopefully not while you were driving.

Perhaps it is the work ethic of the ant and not their sleep habits I am supposed to model. The ant doesn’t have a boss, yet it still does its work.

In my desire to not be a sluggard, I forgot I also need to sleep.

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.
― Homer, The Odyssey

Tonight I will go to bed earlier, close the computer, fold my arms and sleep. In my bed, not where I stop working, like the ants do.  I would hate to fall asleep with my head in the kitchen sink, or at my computer, or beside one my seven litter boxes.

Do you behave like an ant?


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Cherry Odelberg

    I like that you write to bring laughter – oh, so necessary!

  • Blaze

    Love it Pamela!

    I never knew the work and sleep habits of an ant, now I do.

    Although I’m casting my vote for a full 8 hours on my pillow with blankets on top of me.

    Keep writing,

    • Yes, I vote for 8 full hours as well with my favorite pillow.
      Thank you for stopping by Blaze.

  • Robn Patrick

    Now those are some interesting facts! I had not a clue that the ant slept so much. Maybe they are related to the lion?
    I don’t act like the ant as much as I should. Good thought.

    • Hello Robin. I didn’t know Lions slept a lot. I have only seem them in Zoos. I thought they were sleeping because they were bored. And now it time for me to sleep. 🙂

  • Carolyn Moore

    Great post, Pamela! I would love to be like an ant. I think of them as so disciplined and practical. They do what needs to be done. When it needs to be done, I am so the grasshopper.

    • Thank you Carolyn. I want to be more disciplined and work hard. Maybe I am a grasshopper as well. What does a grasshopper do?

  • Tracie Bauguess

    The ant is a unique creature. We have started an ant hill just so I can use it for lessons for my kids. Thanks for this!

    • How fun! My daughter started an ant hill as well. I think some of them escaped. Thank you for reading.