A tip of the hat to the nap

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Greg Peck
March 12, 2013

I heard Al Fagerli joking on WCLO this morning that he slept through National Napping Day on Monday.

Many doctors extol the health benefits of the nap. I found a story at huffingtonpost.com that said we can thank Boston University professor William Anthony and his wife, Camille, for creating National Napping Day in 1999. The goal, says Anthony, “is to encourage folks to take a nap wherever they may be, at home, at the workplace or on vacation, and to make it a regular part of their healthy lifestyle. It is a day when nappers all over the country need to lie down and be counted.”

Apparently, this unofficial holiday was designed to come on the heels of the weekend when we turn our clocks forward an hour and wind up starting our work week a little sleepy.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests the average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, but most of us don’t get that much.

My weekday alarm blares early—at 5 a.m.—so I try to hit the sack around 10 p.m. I seldom have time during my workdays for a nap. Today—with four more election candidates coming through on visits with our editorial board—is no exception.

Sometimes, when I do get a nap, I can wake up feeling groggy—worse than before I laid down. What about you? Do you find time for naps, and do you find them rejuvenating?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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