New research shows that napping is linked to higher levels of happiness, The British Journal reports.
The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Hertfordshire. These researchers studied more than 1,000 participants, who rated their happiness and noted their napping habits.
The participants were categorized into three groups: No Nappers, Short Nappers, and Long Nappers. Short Nappers generally take naps 30 minutes or shorter, while Long Nappers generally take naps 30 minutes or longer. No Nappers, of course, generally do not nap.
According to the responses, the researchers were able to spot a trend between napping and happiness. Only 56 percent of Long Nappers rated themselves as happy compared to 60 percent of No Nappers.
At 66 percent, Short Nappers lauded the highest percentage of happiness.
Wiseman, a researcher with the study, said: “Previous research has shown that naps of under 30 minutes make you more focused, productive and creative, and these new findings suggest the tantalizing possibility that you can also become happier just by taking a shorter nap. Similarly longer napping is associated with several health risks and again, this is in line with our results.”