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National Napping Day

What better way to celebrate a Monday than with National Napping Day?! (not while at work/school, of course)


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This day lands on the day after Daylight Savings Time, when our bodies are still adjusting to losing an hour of our day, taking a nap could be just what we need to catch up to the new normal (minus an hour). 

Did you know that there are different types of naps? 

  • Recovery nap
  • Prophylactic nap
  • Appetitive nap
  • Fulfillment nap
  • Essential nap

 

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“Napping during the day diminishes homeostatic sleep drive, which can help us feel more awake and perform better” – sleepfoundation.org :

  • Reducing sleepiness
  • Improving learning
  • Aiding memory formation
  • Regulating emotions

As a grown adult you should be averaging between 7-9 hours of sleep every night? Now, we all know that that is not always the norm for everyone. Especially when you inhibit a very busy schedule everyday. If you are continuously missing out on sleep then you will fall into a sleep deficit which can affect:

  • Reaction time
  • Judgement
  • Vision
  • Short-term memory
  • Motivation
  • Performance
  • And more

After about 8 hours of being awake, your body is ready for some rest. This is perfect for taking a short 20-minute nap following a long work day. Another alternative, if you do not want to nap, is to meditate, again all it takes is 20 minutes. 

So grab a pillow, relax your mind, unwind from the day, and celebrate with a nap! 

By: Amanda Overy

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