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. Â And as a result of springing forward in time, those of us who changed our clocksÂ 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.
â€œWe chose this particular Monday because Americans are more â€˜nap-readyâ€™ 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 doctorâ€™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