If you still haven’t bounced back from this weekend’s springing forward, good news.
Take a nap for National Napping Day!
Monday is not only Pi Day, it is also National Napping Day.
According to Days of the Year, the unofficial sleeping holiday gives anyone who is still feeling the effects of losing an hour of sleep Sunday morning the opportunity to get some quick shut-eye during a catnap.
Dr. William Anthony, a Boston University professor, came up with National Napping Day in 1999, Huffington Post reported.
He wanted to encourage people to make naps a part of everyone’s lives to help them be healthy and productive.
Anthony said they chose the Monday after daylight saving time begins because people were already in nap mode after losing that hour of sleep, Shape reported.
Benefits of napping
According to the National Sleep Foundation, a short nap can improve mood, alertness and performance. Here’s what the group suggests for getting the most out of your naps:
- A short nap is usually recommended (20-30 minutes) for short-term alertness. This type of nap provides significant benefit for improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep.
Your sleep environment can greatly impact your ability to fall asleep. Make sure that you have a restful place to lie down and that the temperature in the room is comfortable. Try to limit the amount of noise heard and the extent of the light filtering in. While some studies have shown that just spending time in bed can be beneficial, it is better to try to catch some zzz’s.
If you take a nap too late in the day, it might affect your nighttime sleep patterns and make it difficult to fall asleep at your regular bedtime. If you try to take it too early in the day, your body may not be ready for more sleep.
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And if Napping and Pi days aren’t for you, March 14 also marks National Potato Chip Day, National Children’s Craft Day and National Learn About Butterflies Day, according to National Day Calendar.