Regular naps can have benefits that can help people improve their overall health and productivity.
If the lurching forward of the clock for Daylight Saving Time on Sunday made you noticeably more tired, you’re not the only one. This time change was actually the inspiration for National Napping Day, which takes place annually the day after the clocks move ahead. In 1999, Dr. William Anthony, a Boston University professor, and his wife, Camille, instituted National Napping Day in an effort to overcome American cultural prejudice against napping and to raise awareness about the health benefits of catching up on quality sleep.
“We figured this would be a good day to celebrate the importance of napping because everyone is one hour more sleep-deprived than usual,” Anthony said.