Apower nap boosts mood far more than a longer snooze, new research suggests.
Research carried out by the University of Hertfordshire has revealed an unexpected relationship between napping and happiness.
More than 1,000 people were asked to rate their happiness and whether they napped during today.
They were broken into three groups, no nappers, short nappers who napped for 30 minutes or less, and longer nappers who napped for longer than half an hour.
Two thirds of the short nappers reported being happy, compared to just 56 per cent of the long nappers, and 60 per cent of the no nappers.
“Previous research has shown that naps of under 30 minutes make you more focused, productive and creative, and these new findings suggest the tantalising possibility that you can also become happier by just taking a short nap,” said psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman, who carried out the research.
“Similarly longer napping is associated with several health risks and again, this is in line with our results.”
The research also revealed that 43 per cent of those aged 18 to 30 are taking long naps during the day, compared to just 30 per cent of those over 50.
“A large body of research shows that short naps boosts performance. 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,” added Prof Wiseman.
The new research will be presented at the Edinburgh International Science Festival next week.
Amanda Tyndall, Director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival said: “Based on Richard’s findings, we’ll take a look at whether we should introduce a napping policy at the Science Festival.”