Take a Nap
Finally! Scientifically proven evidence that we’d all feel happier if everybody just took a nap!
A study between napping and happiness conducted by psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire for the Edinburgh International Science Festival has revealed the surprising relationship between napping and happiness, or “nappiness” as Wiseman calls it.
Over 1,000 people participated in the 2017 study. They rated both their happiness and whether they napped during the day. They were classified into three groups: No Nappers, Short Nappers (naps under 30 minutes), and Long Nappers (naps over 30 minutes).
The results showed a relationship between napping and happiness, with 66 percent of Short Nappers being happy, compared to just 56 percent of Long Nappers and 60 percent of No Nappers.
“Previous research has shown that naps of under 30 minutes make you more focused, productive and creative, and these new findings suggest…that you can also become happier by just taking a short nap,” Wiseman says. “Many highly successful companies, such as Ben & Jerry's and Google, have installed dedicated nap spaces, and employees need to wake up to the upside of napping at work."
Medical professionals at the Mayo Clinic say that napping provides healthy adults with increased alertness, improved mood, quicker reaction time, and better memory.
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