National Napping Day

Yep, it’s a thing! National Napping Day exists for no other reason than to acknowledge – and encourage – daytime napping. What a perfect reason for a national day.

If you are a person who sleeps soundly from the moment your perfect little head touches the pillow until the sunlight peeps in through your window and welcomes you to a new day, well, bully for you! Sadly, it’s not the case for everyone and night-time can actually be a pretty stressful time for many of us.

For people with chronic pain condition, a good rest is essential and yet for many of us it’s hard to achieve. Pain and anxiety keep some awake long into the night, whilst others (like me) fall asleep in an instant only to be woken by nightmares at 2am. It’s predicted that 1 in 3 people suffer from insomnia alone, and yet our lives are busier and more demanding than ever before.

The sleep experts at Casper have created a Napping 101 guide in preparation for National Napping Day on 14th March which I think is pretty awesome. Whilst I don’t have the time (or insanity) to curl up on the floor of my open-plan office and enjoy a half hour snooze in the middle of the day, I do have the chance to enjoy a lazy nap on a lazy Sunday afternoon – and yet I very rarely do. I think this is something that needs rectifying…


Seeing the benefits – and the tips – for a daytime nap made me question why I don’t do it more often. It seems like a no brainer, and whilst it’s difficult to achieve in the week it’s definitely doable at the weekend.

Let me set the scene… A weekend at home, a delicious breakfast of pancakes and bacon with maple syrup, followed by a short walk in the cool crisp sunshine, then home for a nap before getting up, embracing the rest of the day and making plans for a sociable evening. Or, y’know, another nap…

I’m going to do this more. Happy national nap day folks – enjoy.

[This is not a sponsored post, all views on the sheer brilliance of napping are entirely my own. Featured image by Moonsia Chuu Chuu.]


4 comments on “National Napping Day

  1. Oh, I love that there is a national day for napping! Brilliant! I love the infographic about the perfect nap… all the facts in one place! Cheers!

  2. Marianna

    I’ve always been a firm believer in napping in the afternoon. I learned to power nap in college – 10 minutes for a recharge! Now, it’s almost a necessity on weekends so recover from my work week. Thanks for the posting. Love your blog and am so happy I found it!

    Question – I’ve always had vivid dreams but now seem to have some really, really wild ones that are very detailed and continue to haunt me the next day. Is this something that others are experiencing? I thought it was just me!

    • Really?! OK this is definitely something I need to start doing! As for the dreams, I’m not sure. I’ve always had a really over-active imagination so often have wild dreams. But it’s definitely become more frequent and scarier since fibro. Maybe it’s a medication side effect?

  3. I nap, I have always napped on my days off work. Now I no longer work I still nap when I need to but not necessarily every day for 40-60 minutes and I normally wake naturally with no alarms.

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