National Napping Day: 5 reasons you should nap, if you don't have 'coronasomnia'

(CNN)If you feel like calling it a day and dozing off for a bit, don't feel bad — Monday, March 15, is National Napping Day.

Finding the time to rejuvenate and recover amid daily responsibilities can be hard, but napping has benefits that could help you level up in your overall health and productivity — meaning there is no reason to feel as if you're lazy for indulging in a little you-time.
Taking a short nap may boost your energy, creativity and heart health.
That's if you're not someone struggling with "coronasomnia," a term some have given the inability to fall asleep or get good quality sleep during the coronavirus pandemic. An occasional nap can be healthy, but one longer than 45 minutes may interfere with your circadian rhythm — making falling asleep later that night more difficult.
If you haven't been experiencing coronasomnia, here are five reasons why you should catch some zzz's:

We just lost an hour of sleep

If the lurching forward of the clock for Daylight Saving Time on Sunday made you noticeably more tired, you're not the only one. This time change was actually the inspiration for National Napping Day, which takes place annually the day after the clocks move ahead.
In 1999, the late William Anthony, a psychologist and Boston University professor, and his wife, Camille, instituted National Napping Day. Their intent was to overcome American cultural prejudice against napping and to raise awareness about the health benefits of catching up on quality sleep.
"We figured this would be a good day to celebrate the importance of napping because everyone is one hour more sleep-deprived than usual," Anthony said in a 2006 BU Today article. "The fact is that the majority of Americans are sleep-deprived even without Daylight Saving Time."
Because of their efforts, some workplaces have observed the day with nap breaks. Thank you, William Anthony.

Naps can charge your brain's batteries

A study at NASA on drowsy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34% and alertness by 100%, according to the Sleep Foundation, a sleep research and resources site.
Taking a nap may make you more alert for the period right after you wake up and maybe hours into the day. A short snooze may also make you feel more relaxed.

You'll have lower risk for heart problems

Taking a nap once or twice a week could lower the risk of heart attacks or strokes, according to a 2019 study published in the journal Heart.
After tracking more than 3,400 people between the ages of 35 and 75 for slightly more than five years, the researchers found that those who indulged in occasional napping — once or twice a week, for five minutes to an hour — were 48% less likely to experience a heart attack, stroke or heart failure than those who didn't nap at all.