Happy National Napping Day!

National Napping Day is observed annually the Monday following the weekend Daylight Saving Time begins.

National Napping Day was created in 1999 by Boston University Professor William Anthony.

The spring forward time change makes everyone miss that one extra hour of sleep.  This day of observance is to encourage everyone to take a nap to catch up on the sleep they may have lost.  Napping actually has several health benefits and is a quick and efficient way to increase energy and awareness.

There is no shame in taking it easy today to help readjust those internal clocks.  The Mayo Clinic has some helpful suggestions when it comes to taking naps to make them as effective as they can be.

Keep naps short, aim for 10-20 minutes.  The longer you nap for, the more likely you are to feel groggy and sluggish after.

Take naps in the early afternoon.  If you start your nap too late, it may interfere with your nighttime sleeping and you may be laying awake later than usual.

And lastly, create a restful and relaxing environment.  Take your nap in a quiet, dark place with few distractions to ensure you’re getting the most out of your nap.

Grab a cozy blanket and take the time today to take care of yourself.  Enjoy a quick nap to help adjust to the new time change.