March 14 is National Napping Day

Van Gogh - The Siesta

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.




Douglas Robb

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.

3 thoughts on “March 14 is National Napping Day

  • March 22, 2011 at 4:51 am

    There’s something I must have missed, do Americans change time before europeans? Because in Europe, we haven’t moved our clocks forward yet, it’s on the last weekend of March. So does that mean that National Napping Day is on a different day in Europe?

    • March 22, 2011 at 11:15 am

      hmmmmm…I’m not sure. I did a quick search and I couldn’t anything about any other “national” napping day either

  • March 19, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Now this is excellent. I can certainly do with an extra hour of nap. It surely makes me feel much fresh and improves the concentration levels.

    Would just like to add here that, one must not substitute a good night’s sleep with some morning naps… one still need to have that 6 to 8 hours of sleep for the body to relax and regenerate.


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