We can thank William Anthony, PhD Boston University professor, and his wife Camille, for creating National Napping Day in 1998. “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. It is a day when nappers all over the country need to lie down and be counted,” Anthony said in a statement.
Napping certainly does have its good points: it helps to energize and boost alertness, increases productivity and creativity, and releases stress while lifting your spirits. But can too much of a good thing be harmful?
Napping during the day can be a wonderful way to reboot, as long as you are sleeping through the night. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “links too little sleep (six hours or less) and too much sleep (10 or more hours) with chronic diseases – including coronary heart disease, diabetes, anxiety and obesity – in adults age 45 and older.”
Dr. M. Safwan Badr, President of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, states, “A healthy, balanced lifestyle is not limited to diet and fitness; when and how you sleep is just as important as what you eat and how you exercise.”
So grab your pillow and your blankie, and leave a comment below on your favorite, or most unusual place to nap.