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Take A Siesta! It's OK! It's National Napping Day!

Many of us are struggling today after a busy weekend and the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, which began yesterday. So besides all the running around over the weekend we lost an hour of sleep.

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Well, this should help! It's National Napping Day! Go ahead and lay down. Nap. They're good for you! I consider myself a professional napper. I nap six out of seven days, on average. I can nap in the car, on the couch, on my front porch...you name it! So, go ahead and take a nap today. You'll need to be well rested to shovel out tomorrow after the big Nor'easter!

Some napping facts, according to www.factretriever.com:

  • A 15-30 minute nap is the best option for most people. Experts say to keep naps less than 1 1/2 hours, at most, so you don't interfere with your natural sleep cycle.
  • The National Commission on Sleep Disorders estimates 60 million Americans don't get enough sleep. Taking a regular, planned nap can help.
  • Napping can improve your health by reducing fatigue, improving relaxation and mood and increasing productivity.
  • Researchers at University of California at Berkeley say the best time to nap is eight hours after waking and eight hours before you go to bed.
  • Napping is better than caffeine for alertness, because caffeine can decrease your memory.

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