Stressed Out Over Taxes? Take a Nap!

Procrastinators have an extra three days to put off the inevitable this year, as the deadline for filing individual income taxes is April 18 in 2016, rather than the usual April 15.  For some taxpayers, the extended deadline represents welcome preparation time, but for others, it just represents a few extra days to be stressed out and frustrated.

Every year we hear about people who lose sleep over their tax returns.  There is one thing you can do to help get this onerous job done.  People who are well rested and even take a nap ahead of time are more likely to be better prepared for taking on a complex job like tax preparation.

University studies confirm that lack of sleep impairs memory, judgment and focus on task.  Research involving student volunteers in California showed that subjects who took a nap before a learning challenge performed better than those who did not.  A mid-day nap can boost productivity and concentration.  Some of the most famous and creative people in history were nappers: Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Leonardo Da Vinci, to name a few.

We offer these tips to help taxpayers get an effective nap before crunching numbers for the IRS:

  • Shorter naps can refresh without causing that groggy feeling afterwards.  The best length for a nap is about 20 minutes, at most.
  • Try not to nap after 3:30 p.m. to avoid interfering with regular sleep patterns at night.
  • Find a spot where you can be comfortable and safe.  Dim the lights, stretch out and take your shoes off.

For dozens of tips to help you sleep better, visit our Sleep Tips page!