By Philip  |  03-12-2018   News
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It's National Napping Day and to celebrate, I'm going to take a nap, but not before I get the chance to extol the virtues of catching a quick snooze. Like Easter and Thanksgiving, National Napping Day isn't celebrated on a specific date, rather it is observed on the first Monday each year after daylight savings time returns. Naps can be not only healthy and enjoyable at any time, but considering how DST wreaks havoc with the mind, mood and circadian rhythms this is a time when a nap is most relevant and important.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It&#39;s <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nappingday</a>! I love a good nap when my body is asking for one. If you need a mid-day snooze, be sure to choose the right one with the most benefits for what you need today. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Amy Mihaly (@BeWell_Clinic) <a href="">March 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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A quick power nap can be a lot more effective than caffeine which is better at masking tiredness than actually defeating it. When your body and brain are more tired it's harder to operate at optimum efficiency. Alertness, productivity, mood, immune functioning, anxiety levels are all affected by the quality and quantity of sleep. Perhaps it's the disturbance in sleep and circadian rhythm that accounts for the uptick in suicides, car accidents and acts of violence following the disturbance of DST.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Do a study we&#39;d find more people commit <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Suicide</a> cause of <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DaylightSavingsTime</a> and it&#39;s affects <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SeasonalAffectiveDisorder</a> SAD<br><br>Why we should CANCEL Daylight Savings Time FOREVER by cancelling this we will SAVE LIVES!<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SuicidePrevention</a><a href="">@DanielRoyBaron</a></p>&mdash; @DanielRoyBaron (@DanielRoyBaron) <a href="">March 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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According to several studies, the best time for napping is about eight hours after waking and/or eight hours before heading back to bed. Hmmmm, that would be under 15 minutes from now, better wrap this up… Seriously though, so how can you join in the festivities of the US's National Napping Day? Just take a nap, silly, and remember the importance of sleep and diet are not to be underestimated, especially at this time of year due to Daylight Savings Time and the last bit of potential Seasonal Affective Disorder before the Spring.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Sleeping Beauty by Joseph Edward Southall, 1903. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nappingday</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Bham Museums Images (@BMAGimages) <a href="">March 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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