Catch a few extra Z's on National Napping Day

March 14th is National Napping Day, an unofficial holiday with some surprising benefits
By Jason Spencer | Mar 14, 2016
Napping isn't just for little kids anymore. The benefits of naps are finally coming to light after years of being shunned. And what better way to celebrate than to take a nap on National Napping Day.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, National Napping Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated on the 14th of March to combat any drowsiness experienced thanks to the jump forward of Daylight Savings Time. It was first thought up in 1999 by Dr. William Anthony of Boston University.

"We chose this particular Monday because Americans are more 'nap-ready' than usual after losing an hour of sleep to daylight savings time, " said Anthony in a report by the Huffington Post.

Over the years naps have been debated for their usefulness, and many wondered if perhaps a quick afternoon snooze was better left behind in the kindergarten classroom. Naps are finally getting the recognition they deserve though after years of study.

Among a long list of benefits, Pulse Headlines reports that a quick power nap can lower your blood pressure and help you concentrate. And a longer nap charges your brain like a battery; it boosts productivity and can leave you refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of your day.

"It's best to give your brain downtime. I have a nap every afternoon," said Vincent Walsh from University College London. A professor of human brain research, he's not the only one. In fact, a wide variety of famous figures from Winston Churchill to Albert Einstein took naps.

And while the holiday is unofficial, Anthony created the day in hopes that the bad rap naps got could be abolished, and that maybe people could get just a bit of shut eye for a quick burst of energy and a healthier body.

"Our goal is to encourage folks to take a nap wherever they may be, at home, at the workplace, or on vacation, and to make it a regular part of their healthy lifestyle. It is a day when nappers all over the country need to lie down and be counted," he said.

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