Monday was National Napping Day, a holiday feared and detested by Type A personalities everywhere.

National Napping Day is observed annually, the day following the return of daylight saving time.

According to its website, National Napping Day provides everyone with the opportunity to have a nap and catch up on the hour of sleep they lost due to the spring forward time change.

William Anthony, Ph.D., a Boston University professor, and his wife, Camille Anthony, created National Napping Day in 1999 as an effort to spotlight the health benefits to catching up on quality sleep.

Let’s face it, naps sometimes have a bad reputation, with those seeking a respite from a long day considered as lazy or indolent, but naps are an integral part of most cultures and scientifically proven to be good for you.

Just think of a nap as a siesta, an afternoon nap favored by cultures in warmer climates around the world.

Do they know something we don’t know?

Additional rest gained from a nap can make you feel better and also improve your mood.

After having the extra amount of sleep, a person will notice they will be more productive and energetic, the National Napping Day website proclaims.

I’m a great proponent of an afternoon nap, or a nap at any time of the day for that matter, but only when I don’t have any pressing issues — like my job.

My brother and I inherited the ability to doze from our father, who was able to drift away into a light sleep at certain times, only to wake up with a snort.

Our mother could not understand how we could just nap and not fall into a deep sleep, and she dreaded the moments in public where my day would presumably drift off and wake up with a snort.

Studies show that just a short 10-20 minute nap can be the most effective in combating midday fatigue, improving alertness and productivity.

I remember trying to find a shady spot to park at my former job in Richmond, where I would roll the window down during my lunch hour and doze to the tune of an audio tape.

Don’t use the excuse of National Napping Day to try and avoid work, because I don’t want any telephone calls from angry bosses.

But, feel free to catch some zees whenever the mood — or acceptable time — calls.

So, just mark your calendars for National Napping Days for the next 10 years:

March 9, 2020

March 15, 2021

March 14, 2022

March 13, 2023

March 11, 2024

March 09, 2025

March 9, 2026

March 15, 2027

March 13, 2028

March 12, 2029

Happy napping.

Doug Ford reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

Doug Ford covers news and sports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at