The worst part of springing forward for Daylight Saving Time is the hour of sleep lost.
That's why National Napping Day is observed annually the day following the return of daylight saving time. National Napping Day provides everyone with the opportunity to take a nap and catch up on the hour of sleep they lost due to the spring forward time change.
Mid-afternoon naps are common in many cultures, such as the Mexican siesta. Naps are scientifically proven to be good for you.
A needed rest can make you feel better and also improve your mood. After having the extra amount of sleep, a person will notice that they feel more productive and energetic.
Numerous studies have shown that short 10-20 minute naps are the most effective when midday fatigue hits. Improvements in alertness, productivity and mood have all been shown to improve with this type of snooze.
Though there are some of us who are just not the napping kind, if you can reap those benefits, find a cozy spot for 10 minutes or so on National Napping Day.
William Anthony, Ph.D., a Boston University Professor and his wife, Camille Anthony, created National Napping Day in 1999 as an effort to spotlight the health benefits to catching up on quality sleep. “We chose this particular Monday because Americans are more ‘nap-ready’ than usual after losing an hour of sleep to daylight saving time,” Anthony said
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