Feeling a bit tired today? You are not alone. You may be feeling a bit groggy after losing an hour of sleep for daylight saving time on Sunday. Today is National Napping Day and you can help your body adjust to the time change by taking a nap. A quick nap is good for your health and boosts your energy level. Instead of reaching for that extra coffee this afternoon, consider a quick catnap to rest and recharge.
There are many benefits to having a quick snooze during the day. A 20-minute nap is all you need to start feeling better.
- It relieves stress and irritability – putting you in a better mood!
- It improves alertness and focus.
- It can better your job performance.
- It helps memory function.
- It lowers blood pressure and helps regulate your heart rate.
- It reduces your risk for certain diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and stress-related diseases.
- It boosts your immune system.
- It helps your body recharge.
- It can help you make healthier choices – a nap is a good substitute for caffeine drinks or high-calorie snacks that power you through the afternoon.
- It is doctor recommended. Certain cultures even prescribe napping as a health treatment!
Many Americans do not get enough sleep and this can contribute to a variety of health issues. Taking a nap during the day can help your body restore itself and promotes brain and heart health. If you are not able to take a nap during the day, try meditation or breathing exercises to clear your mind and relax.