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3 April 2017, 16:44
The University of Hertfordshire has found that a quick nap also increases productivity and focus.
Want to convince your boss you should be allowed to nap at work? Here’s some data for back-up: a new study has linked napping to happiness and productivity. So, let’s all catch 40 winks ad continue with this article.
Yes this is the news that The University of Hertforshire has published the revealing findings, which are based on the study of 100 attendees at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Researcher Professor Richard Wiseman said: ‘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.”
He added: “Similarly, longer napping is associated with several health risks and, again, this is in line with our results.”
The subjects who had a very short doze – just 30 minutes or so – at the Edinburgh International Science Festival were found to be more likely to achieve happiness than long nappers or those weren’t treated to a little nap at all. The numbers were 67%, 56% and 60% respectively. So, you’d be just as well to have a little snooze right now! According to this new survey, you should wake up feeling absolutely fabulous!
And employers are catching on. 11% of participants said that they are allowed to nap at work, though the numbers could one on the rise, as highly successful companies such as Ben & Jerry's and Google have installed napping centres in their offices.
After all, it’s widely held that a light doze can improve focus, performance and creativity.
Just ask the one-third of adults who, according to a study published in January, admit to napping at work. Once upon a time they would have been called shirkers, but now we know that they were right all along!