It’s Naptime in the Quad Cities
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I certainly have felt like I was going to. Let's face it. Most of us are sleep-deprived and a nap would sound like a dream right about now, especially after we are coming off of a huge St. Patrick's Day celebration weekend.
As much as a happy heart and good times help with lack of sleep, according to the CDC.gov,
'Persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity.'
Grab your pillow and a little shut eye because it's #National Napping Day. Come on, you know you want to.
Did you know taking a little snooze can greatly benefit your health? According to MayoClinic.org, napping offers:
- Reduced fatigue
- Increased alertness
- Improved mood
- Improved performance, including quicker reaction time and better memory
Here are 5 more reasons to grab that power nap by the horns today and go for it.
Not all naps are created equal. A short nap always helps me rejuvenate for, what I call, 'Round 2' of my day. That being, picking up kids from school, taking to extra-curricular activities, pick up from said activities, doing homework, dinner and the bedtime routine. That means I have to get rest when I can so I don't turn into 'Snarky Mommy'. Just ask my kids. It's a real thing.
You know what I'm talking about. When you're doing the bobble-head with your eyes open. We laugh at people who do this, until it's us. Then, we aren't laughing. We are taping toothpicks to our eyelids praying the coffee-gods will rain espresso in an I.V. through our veins, and quickly.
No, napping doesn't mean someone is lazy. To the contrary, people are more productive when they nap. No, napping isn't only for children. Entire countries have siestas and understand humans need more rest, especially when they are busy and burning the brain-oil. No. Napping doesn't mean you've lowered your standards. Napping means raising mine. I'd love 8-10 hours of sleep per night plus naps. Sleep is the new mercedes. Take that all you napholes out there. Naps are good, mmmmk?
Don't mind if I do.