National Nap Day!!

There’s a lot more controvesry about “Spring Ahead’  the start of Daylight Savings time, than I ever realized! That hour loss of sleep seems to be a pretty big deal. Today is National Napping Day. Seriously, after most Americans lost an hour of sleep over the weekend, a day to celebrate naps seems more than welcome.  Clocks were set ahead Sunday morning to observe daylight saving time in all states apart from Arizona and Hawaii, states that don’t observe the time change first enacted by the federal government in 1918 as a way to conserve coal.  While clocks jumped ahead, our bodies likely haven’t adjusted and they probably won’t for about five to seven days,. The holiday is about as official as Pancake Day. Americans are more ‘nap-ready’ than usual after losing an hour of sleep to daylight savings time. People who regularly don’t get enough sleep are usually most affected by the lost hour. People who are sleep-deprived might struggle with memory, learning, social interactions and overall cognitive performance. Some advocate that napping could help. Short naps (10 to 30 minutes) in the afternoon can be a great way to recharge.  The internet couldn’t agree more, as #NationalNappingDay topped Twitter trends Monday morning.But, don’t get caught napping for too long, as Krahn says napping too much could disrupt nighttime sleep. Also, for those waiting until the weekend to catch up on lost sleep beware, people who use weekends to sleep in could gain more weight compared with those who don’t. I’m a nap advocate myself. I took a short one today and I’ve never thought that one lost hour could mean that much, but I sure was in hurry when I woke up yesterday and realized I’d forgotten to set the clocks ahead. Just keep thinking lighter, later, longer!!

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