Did you know today was National Napping Day?
It is celebrated every year the day after Daylights Savings – because, let’s face it we are all super tired from losing that hour of sleep.
Ironically, as I write this I am fighting off the urge to nod off. It’s been a long day and I need a little shut eye before I make dinner, but not before I tell you all the great things about napping.
Despite what some may say, you aren’t a lazy slob if you like to nap during the day! According to the National Sleep Foundation taking a short nap of 20-30 minutes can help to improve mood, alertness and performance. With that being said, if you get ample sleep each night you hopefully won’t need that extra nappy.
A recent study in the research journal Sleep examined the benefits of naps of various lengths and no naps. The results showed that a 10-minute nap produced the most benefit in terms of reduced sleepiness and improved cognitive performance. A nap lasting 30 minutes or longer is more likely to be accompanied by sleep inertia, which is the period of grogginess that sometimes follows sleep.
So remember, it is always best to get that 7-8 hours of shut eye each night but, if you are missing those ZZZzz’s or perhaps a new mom like me you should try to fit a nap in whenever you can.
Enjoy the longer daylight folks!