After daylight savings if you feel like you're jet-lagged, there's an ideal day to recuperate from "springing forward." It's National Napping Day, and is on March 15.
Napping is much better to provide you with energy than energy drinks, or coffee. So, you can now feel less guilty about enjoying a nap. And, even if you lost an extra hour in the daytime because of daylight savings, you can now catch up with your sleep on the day meant to celebrate napping.
Who invented National Napping Day, and how can we thank him or her? Created in 1999, National Napping Day was created by William Anthony Ph.D., a Boston University professor, and Camille Anthony, his wife. National Napping Day was created to spread awareness on how important obtaining proper sleep is as well as its benefits. It's a “holiday” meant for helping to make up that hour of sleep you lose with the time change.
This date was selected because certain studies show individuals are already sleep deprived and very tired after the daylight savings change. This hour change really makes a difference, but you can make it seem as if there wasn't any change at all by taking advantage of National Napping Day.
Some benefits of napping are:
There are various health benefits to taking a nap that might make you consider not skipping that nap. These benefits include:
Napping also helps keep your heart healthy. Individuals who nap decrease their heart disease risk as well as their risk of heart-related death.
When your tired, you're more prone to things like:
However, by taking a short nap, you can wake up feeling refreshed and brand new. Studies show a short nap in the afternoon can help improve your sex life, and make you more happy.
Many people are sleep deprived. You can become caught up in your daily life, crazy schedule, and busy days, and this can make you feel tired. To energize yourself, it really only takes a quick 20 to 30 minute nap. National Napping Day is the ideal day to do just that.
Napping isn't for all people. Some individuals simply have issues sleeping in locations other than their own bed, or sleeping during the day (which naps require usually).
There are a couple drawbacks to napping, like:
A short nap typically won't impact most people's nighttime sleep quality, but if you're experiencing poor sleep quality or insomnia during the night, napping may make these problems worse. Frequent or long naps may interfere with nighttime sleep.
You may feel disoriented and groggy after you wake up from a nap, this is almost always temporary.
Naps are categorized based on what function they're serving. Making a nap work for you requires you to think about what you're looking to get out of it.
Different types of naps and their functions are:
Children can obtain sufficient sleep by taking naps. Sleep is essential for children's intellectual, physical, and emotional development. Researchers have been studying naps in kids from infancy to adolescence. Here are some statistics on children and napping:
Most of the positive impact seen in kids who take naps are also found in younger adults. Early adulthood napping could:
But, a midday nap isn't for all people. Obligations like employment could make it impossible to nap. Also, some individuals simply can't fall asleep away from their bed or during the day.
There are do's and don'ts to napping. Here you'll learn a few of each.
After you take a nap, before you resume your activities, give yourself enough time to wake up, especially if you're the type of person who requires a sharp or quick response.