Have you ever felt jet-lagged after changing your clocks to daylight savings time? The 14th of March is National Napping Day, and it’s the perfect day to help you recuperate from the “spring forward”. Don’t fall asleep while I’m telling you this; I swear it won’t be a snooze fest! In fact, napping is better to your health than coffee or energy drinks. So, you may feel less bad about indulging in this not-so-guilty pleasure today. You may have lost that additional hour of sleep, but you can make up for it by enjoying the day in style.
NATIONAL NAPPING DAY’S HISTORY:
A Boston University professor and his wife founded National Napping Day in 1999. This holiday was developed by William Anthony, Ph.D., and his wife Camille Anthony to raise awareness about the need of obtaining enough sleep and its advantages. The holiday was intended to compensate for the amount of sleep missed when the clocks changed. The date was chosen because studies have shown that individuals are already exhausted and sleep deprived after the transition in daylight savings time. The shift of the hour is significant, but National Napping Day might make you feel as if there has been no change at all.
Despite the fact that the holiday was not established until 1999, the Spanish already had the custom of having an afternoon “siesta”. That’s excellent news for Spain, because daylight savings won’t disrupt people’s routines too much. The Ancient Romans were also known to take noon naps. With the rush and bustle of modern life, most people see midday naps as a thing of the past. Naps are increasingly considered luxuries, a symbol of additional leisure that most of us cannot afford. However, naps were formerly considered a necessary and were even employed for therapeutic and religious purposes. Despite the fact that National Napping Day was established 21 years ago, it is still not recognised as an official national holiday. Although National Napping Day isn’t an actual holiday, who doesn’t appreciate an excuse to take a nap?
TIMELINE OF NATIONAL NAPPING DAY:
700 B.C. Ancient Greeks:
During the warmest portion of the day, the Ancient Greeks would take naps on a regular basis.
Ancient Romans in 27 B.C.:
Naps were recommended by ancient Roman physicians to their patients.
Arabia in 601 A.D.:
Naps were frequent in Ancient Arabia, and they were occasionally used as part of religious rituals.
Even today, the Spanish honour the habit of taking midday naps, known as “Siestas”.
ACTIVITIES FOR NATIONAL NAPPING DAY:
Have a snooze:
This may sound apparent, but with our hectic schedules, we sometimes overlook the things our bodies require, such as relaxation. The greatest approach to enjoy this break is to relax and unwind. Close the blinds, put your phone on quiet, and curl up in your favourite pyjamas.
Make a sleeping playlist:
Even when we try to relax or sleep, we just can’t seem to turn our thoughts off. Making a relaxing music mix might help your brain relax and make it easier to sleep. This is a fantastic way to unwind while also discovering new songs.
Switch off your phone:
This is the most difficult one I’ve ever encountered! But when we’re distracted by what’s going on our phones, it’s difficult to relax our bodies and minds sufficiently to fall asleep. If you can’t stomach the thought of turning it off, set it to silence and attempt to take a brief 20-minute sleep.
5 SLEEPING FACTS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE KNOWN:
You can’t dream while you’re sleeping:
If you sleep at the proper nap period, you should not be able to dream.
You may be sleep deprived if you dream:
You can only dream if you take a 90-minute nap, which is not suggested.
Not all naps are created equal:
A 20 to 30 minutes sleep will leave you feeling invigorated, and a 60 minutes snooze will leave you feeling more revived, albeit slightly foggy.
The most crucial stage of sleep is REM sleep:
REM sleep is extremely advantageous to cognitive performance and may be obtained by taking longer naps.
REM sleep occurs during a 90-minute snooze:
Naps of 90 to 120 minutes cover all phases of sleep, including REM sleep.
WHY DO WE ENJOY NATIONAL NAPPING DAY?
It is quite beneficial to your health:
There are several health benefits of napping that may make you reconsider the next time you skip a sleep, including greater alertness, cognitive function, and stress reduction. One of the most important advantages is that it maintains your heart healthy. People who snooze have a lower risk of heart disease and mortality from heart disease. We can now confidently declare that we adore National Napping Day!
They make you feel better:
We are more prone to mood swings, impatience, and impulsivity when we are tired, yet a brief nap may make you feel brand new! According to studies, taking brief afternoon naps might make you happier.
It gives us an excuse to unwind:
Let’s face it: we’re exhausted! We might get caught up in our hectic daily lives and insane schedules at times. A 20 to 30 minutes snooze is all that is required to feel energised for the rest of the day. National Napping Day is the ideal day to press the snooze button.