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.
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.