5 Reasons Napping Is the Best in Honor of #NationalNappingDay
Daylight Savings has come and gone, and we’re all feeling that loss of an hour. Luckily, the first Monday after we set our clocks forward has been designated #NationalNappingDay. Created to help us survive the jet-lag feeling that Daylight Savings gives us, this official day can do more than simply help us through the first week post-spring forward. And while we know that lack of regular sleep can wreak havoc on our health, napping can help us feel stronger, better focused and more organized. Here are five awesome reasons why we should be celebrating #NationalNappingDay not just today, but every day. Whether you take a quick nap or a longer snooze, the benefits you reap will be huge.
1. Naps help you feel more refreshed. In a UK study, it was found that a 60-minute post-lunch nap was as refreshing for your brain as an eight hour stretch of nighttime sleep. And since we doubt anyone gets their eight hours a night every night, a little snooze could be just what the doctor ordered.
2. They boost productivity. If you’re finding that you can’t get anything done at work, maybe a 30-minute power nap can help you finish that tough project or complete that daunting task. Napping can also make you more efficient overall, so regular naps can help boost your daily productivity.
3. Napping makes you happier. Do you have a reputation for being grumpy? Maybe you constantly feel like you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed? Even a 15-minute power nap can help relieve stress and make you feel happier and more friendly. Even if you’re already happy-go-lucky, regular napping can make you that much happier.
4. A good nap reduces stress. Stress is caused by a spike in cortisol levels, and even a 15 to 20-minute nap can help drop those levels, making you feel less anxious.
5. Taking a nap helps you make fewer mistakes. Feeling like you can’t do anything right? Maybe a nap is in order. NASA reported that pilots who had a 40-minute nap increased performance by 35 percent and increased alertness by 100 percent.
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!