In Praise of Napping

Today is National Napping Day, a day created by Camille and Dr. William Anthony in 1999 to spotlight the healthy benefits of catching up on quality sleep. Dr. Anthony noted: “We chose this particular Monday because Americans (and Canadians) are more ‘nap-ready’ than usual after losing an hour of sleep to daylight saving time.”

The benefits of napping are many, among them improvements in mental health and working memory (the ability to focus on one task while retaining others in memory) and reduction of coronary mortality. In a recent Greek study, researchers discovered that participants taking daily naps had a 37% less chance of contracting a fatal heart condition.

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11 responses to “In Praise of Napping

  1. I absolutely love the idea of National Napping Day! It’s so important to prioritize our sleep and make sure we’re getting enough of it. I was especially interested to read about the benefits of napping, such as improvements in mental health and working memory. It’s amazing to think that something as simple as taking a nap can have such a positive impact on our overall health. I’m curious to know if there are any specific types of naps that are more beneficial than others? For example, is it better to take a shorter nap or a longer one? And is there a specific time of day that’s best for napping?

    • Good to see you here, Sarah. You raise several interesting questions. Many of the experts advise short naps – less than 20 minutes. Anything longer could interfere with nighttime sleeping. 🙂

  2. It has been suggested by various family members, why don’t I go to bed to have a nap, but that wouldn’t work. I never intend to nap it just happens on the sofa or Pilates mat!

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