March 14 is National Napping Day
March 14 is National Napping Day.
And it couldn’t come at a better time.
On the weekend, most of us moved our clocks forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time. And as a result of springing forward in time, those of us who changed our clocks lost an hour of sleep and feel a little extra tired this fine Monday morning.
Thanks to that lost hour of sleep, we can also expect to see a 7% increase in the rate of traffic accidents today.
And that’s why in 1999, Professor William Anthony and his wife Camille created National Napping Day.
“We chose this particular Monday because Americans are more ‘nap-ready’ than usual after losing an hour of sleep to daylight savings time.”
The Benefits of Napping
Based on information gathered from thousands of nappers and would-be-nappers, the Anthonys have identified the following eight significant advantages of napping:
1. Napping improves mood – makes you feel better
2. Napping improves performance – makes you more productive
3. Napping is no cost – no expensive clothes or equipment needed
4. Napping is no sweat – no shower needed
5. Napping is self prescribed – no doctor’s orders needed
6. Napping is non-fattening – you cannot eat while napping
7. Napping is a non-invasive procedure – no one does anything to you
8. Napping has no dangerous side effects – unless you are driving
If you were lucky enough to avoid bending fenders during your morning commute, maybe you should celebrate with a short afternoon siesta.
- McMaster University study on sleep deprivation