Catch some Z's for National Napping Day

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If daylight saving time has you feeling groggy, today is the holiday for you: National Napping Day.

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three American adults don't get enough sleep on a regular basis anyway, so daylight saving time would be no exception.

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Dr. William Anthony, a Boston University professor, and his wife, Camille Anthony, started observing National Napping Day in 1999 to encourage people to nap and take advantage of its health benefits.

"We chose this particular Monday because Americans are more 'nap-ready' than usual after losing an hour of sleep to daylight savings time," William Anthony told the university in 2005.

National Napping Day is every year after the return of daylight saving time.
National Napping Day is every year after the return of daylight saving time.

Credit: Laura Lee Moreau/Unsplash

Credit: Laura Lee Moreau/Unsplash

There are eight benefits to napping, according to William Anthony, including no cost and improved mood and performance.

“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,” William Anthony said. “It is a day when nappers all over the country need to lie down and be counted.”

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