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National Napping Day

Unwind and catch some Z's this National Napping Day! Nothing beats a day dedicated to celebrating the power of a good nap.
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March 11
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Get ready to embrace the bliss of a well-deserved snooze on March 11, as we celebrate National Napping Day! This rejuvenating holiday was actually established in 1999 by William Anthony, a Boston University professor, and his wife, Camille Anthony. They created the day after realizing the health benefits of a short nap and to overcome the negative view on napping. According to them, a short nap maximizes productivity rather than being a sign of laziness. So, whether you're curling up in your coziest blanket, or grabbing 40 winks on your lunch break, let's honor the simple, restorative power of the humble nap together! Let National Napping Day be your guilt-free ticket to a refreshing break!

History of National Napping Day

National Napping Day Dates

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1999</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Napping Day Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>Boston University professor William Anthony, together with his wife, Camille Anthony, initiated National Napping Day to promote the health benefits of napping and change negative perceptions around the activity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Napping Day Recognized</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Napping Day started to gain recognition across the United States as more individuals and organizations began acknowledging and promoting the day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Spreading Internationally</div><div class='timeline-text'>The acknowledgement of National Napping Day started to spread to various countries around the world, bringing about global recognition.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Major Media Coverage</div><div class='timeline-text'>Large media outlets started covering National Napping Day with positive reports, further strengthening its position.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Nap Pods Introduced</div><div class='timeline-text'>Various corporations started introducing nap pods - dedicated areas for employees to rest and take a nap - citing research on the positive benefits of napping on productivity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Digital Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the celebrations moved online, with participants sharing their nap stories and photos on various social media platforms.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Napping Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Create a dreamy nap environment</h3><p class='facts-text'>For this National Napping Day, prioritize your comfort and create a cozy napping environment. Use soft pillows, comfortable blankets, and make sure the room temperature is just right to induce a deep, restful nap.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Use calming scents</h3><p class='facts-text'>Enhance your napping experience by incorporating calming scents such as lavender or chamomile. Essential oils, scented candles, or even a spray bottle with your favorite scent can create a soothing ambiance for your nap.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Listen to relaxing sounds</h3><p class='facts-text'>The use of calming sounds such as white noise, gentle music, or the sound of rain can greatly enhance your napping experience. Whether you're using a sound machine or a mobile app, let these soothing sounds guide you into dreamland.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Go for a nature nap</h3><p class='facts-text'>For a unique twist on napping, consider taking your nap outdoors in a peaceful, natural setting. Whether it's in a hammock, a comfortable lounge chair, or simply on a blanket under a shady tree, the fresh air can help you relax and enjoy a refreshing nap.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host a virtual nap party</h3><p class='facts-text'>In this day and age of social distancing, hosting a virtual nap party can be a fun and unique way to celebrate National Napping Day. Set a time, send out online invitations and enjoy a collective nap with friends and family from the comfort of your own homes.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Napping Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Napping improves health and productivity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Napping Day is a celebration of the positive impacts of napping, dispelling the idea that it's a sign of laziness. Instead, research shows that a short nap can improve mood, boost creativity, reduce stress, and increase productivity. It's a day to recognize the health benefits of restful sleep during the day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>National Napping Day is just plain FUN!</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>What's not to love about having a guilt-free excuse to grab 40 winks at any time of the day? It could be on a cozy couch, in a hammock, or even at work! This day adds a touch of joy and relaxation not usually allowed in our often hectic everyday lives.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>National Napping Day encourages self-care</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Napping Day promotes the concept of taking care of oneself by highlighting the need for rest and relaxation amidst our busy lives. On this day, we're reminded to slow down, pay attention to our body's needs, and prioritize health and wellbeing, one nap at a time.</p></div></div>

5 Refreshing Facts About National Napping Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>National Napping Day is Celebrated After Daylight Saving Time</h3><p class='facts-content'>National Napping Day is strategically scheduled on the Monday following Daylight Saving Time to help people adjust to the hour lost due to the time change.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Naps Boost Brain Functions</h3><p class='facts-content'>Scientific studies have proven that naps can significantly enhance cognitive functions like memory, creativity, and decision-making.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Different Nap Lengths Offer Different Benefits</h3><p class='facts-content'>A quick power nap of 20-30 minutes is great for a boost in alertness and energy, while a longer nap of 60-90 minutes can lead to better creativity and problem-solving skills.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Napping is Common in Many Cultures</h3><p class='facts-content'>In countries like Spain and Mexico, siestas are an integral part of the culture and lifestyle. These mid-afternoon rest periods are believed to increase productivity and happiness.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Even NASA Approves of Napping</h3><p class='facts-content'>NASA has found that astronauts who took brief naps have 34% more productivity and 54% more alertness. This clearly shows the power and importance of a quick nap.</p></div></div>

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