National Napping Day: 5 Reasons You Should Nap

There's just something that feels so good about taking a midday nap, especially today because it's National Napping Day!

  • According to sleep specialists, taking a nap can actually improve your health. Here are some reasons why catching some midday zzz's is good for you.
  • It can charge your brain's batteries - a short power nap can reset your brain and make you more alert for the second part of your day.
    • You'll have lower risk for heart problems 
    • It might even help you get into shape - a study found that sleep-deprived people are more likely to overeat sugar and fatty foods. So taking a short nap will help increase the amount of sleep you're getting and take away the urge for unhealthy foods.
    • Boost your creativity - Researchers say that taking a nap can boost the right side of your brain, which is the creative side. 
    • Daylight Savings Time - This is the actually reason for National Napping Day since losing an hour of sleep this past weekend. We all might be dragging a little bit for the first few days after springing forward.
  • Do you nap regularly? How long is the ideal nap? If you nap, do you nap in the bed or couch?