National Napping Day

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2022 DateMarch 14, 2022
2023 DateMarch 13, 2023
National Napping Day

National Napping Day History

National Napping Day seeks to raise awareness about the health benefits of taking a nap. This day aims to encourage everyone to catch up on their sleep. It recommends napping as a quick yet efficient way to increase energy and awareness.

National Napping Day was created in 1999 by Boston University professor William Anthony. It is observed annually on the Monday after Daylight Savings Time begins.

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National Napping Day Facts

  • According to, napping can have several benefits. Napping can reduce sleepiness, improve learning, aid in memory formation, and help regulate emotions. Napping can also have negative effects depending on the person. It can interfere with the ability to fall asleep at bedtime, especially for those struggling with insomnia. Taking long naps has also shown an increase risk for diabetes, heart disease, and depression.
  • According to the Pew Research Center, on a typical day 34% of adults in the U.S take a nap.
  • According to, the best nap requires several steps. The first is to set an alarm as the best length of time for a nap is 10-20 minutes. The second is to nap earlier in the day to ensure that you are still able to fall asleep at bedtime. Lastly, a comfortable napping spot is needed.

National Napping Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Take a nap. Set an alarm, find a comfortable spot, and let your worries disappear.
  • Find the best napping spot. It should be free of distractions and a comfortable place. Somewhere dark, cool, and quiet is best.
  • Work on improving your sleep schedule. Naps are great for making up for that lost sleep or just feeling refreshed in the afternoon, but having a good nights sleep is the best remedy. 7-8 hours are recommended for most adults.

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