In the UK our time zone moves forward an hour at the end of March. It always happens on the last Sunday of the month.

In the United States, it is on Sunday the 12th at 2 am.

Find out more.

National Napping Day falls the day after the hour goes on. The idea is that it encourages us to take a nap as our bodies adjust to this shift in time. In todays modern world, especially when working full time, it’s hard to adjust and naps may not be something you can do easily.

It always felt odd being at work the following day. The light had adjusting and you either find yourself getting up in the dark, or still in at your desk as night descends. Soon passes though!

I’ve never been able to nap and envy those who can nod off so easily. How about you?

A nap is a short period of sleep, typically taken during daytime hours as an adjunct to the usual nocturnal sleep period. Naps are most often taken as a response to drowsiness during waking hours.

The benefits of taking a nap are

  • Relaxation
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Increased alertness
  • Improved mood
  • Improved performance, including quicker reaction time and better memory

There are drawbacks, however, with possible sleep inertia or nighttime sleep problems.

You can get more information about healthy napping here.

Meanwhile, to help you relax here are some recommended reads.

Coma Sleep Easy Sleep Through Sleep Experiment

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