National Napping Day Helps Americans Adjust to Daylight Savings Time

in Health & Medicine, News Releases, Sargent College
March 29th, 2005

Contact: Pamela Powell, (617) 353-0197 | ppowell@bu.edu

(Boston)- On Monday, April 4, 2005, Americans across the country will participate in the sixth-annual National Napping Day, one day after the return of daylight savings time.

Boston University (BU) Professor, William Anthony, Ph.D., and his wife, Camille Anthony, presidents of The Napping Company, began this observance in 1999 to showcase the many health benefits of napping.

“We chose this particular Monday because Americans are more ‘nap-ready’ than usual after losing an hour of sleep to daylight savings time,” said William Anthony.

A recent article authored by the Anthonys that was published in Industrial Health, a journal published by the National Institute of Industrial Health in Japan, backed scientific evidence that napping enhances mood and performance. In the article, Anthony says that the benefits of napping are an example of “research generated knowledge” that needs to affect how people live, work and play.

Based on information gathered from thousands of nappers and would-be-nappers, the Anthonys have identified the following eight significant advantages of napping:

1. Napping improves mood – makes you feel better
2. Napping improves performance – makes you more productive
3. Napping is no cost – no expensive clothes or equipment needed
4. Napping is no sweat – no shower needed
5. Napping is self prescribed – no doctor’s orders needed
6. Napping is non-fattening – you cannot eat while napping
7. Napping is a non-invasive procedure – no one does anything to you
8. Napping has no dangerous side effects – unless you are driving

They have written two widely acclaimed books, The Art of Napping and The Art of Napping at Work, explaining their findings about the value of a nap.

To celebrate this year’s National Napping Day, the Anthony’s will be in New York City on Sunday, April 3 and Monday, April 4 at the world’s first “Nap Hotel” located at 545 Fifth Avenue, between E. 44th and E. 45th Streets in midtown Manhattan, sponsored by Four Points by Sheraton brand. They will be touting the virtues of napping and getting a sneak peek at the new Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed™, the latest addition to Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ line of signature beds. The Anthony’s will be answering questions about napping, autographing their two books, and undoubtedly taking a nap or two.

On previous National Napping Days, businesses, organizations and communities have celebrated the day with company-wide lunches followed by a post-lunch nap break, “nap-a-thon” fundraisers or “napalooza” parties.

“Our goal 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,” said Anthony. “It is a day when nappers all over the country need to lie down and be counted.”

William Anthony is a professor of rehabilitation counseling and the executive director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at BU Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

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