This is the Nap Length That Makes Us Happiest


Longer isn't always better.

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We know that research justifies our desire to get some midday shut-eye, and it seems that companies are starting to wake-up to the findings, with Uber, Ben and Jerry’s, and The Huffington Post all providing facilities for their workers to press pause on their work day and zen out for a short moment. But according to a new survey conducted by researcher Professor Richard Wiseman, there is a magic amount of sleep, with people who take shorter naps being happier compared to those who take longer naps or none at all.

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After studying the sleeping patterns of 1,000 people and assessing their happiness levels, Wiseman found that 66 per cent of those who took naps under 30 minutes reported being happy, compared to the 56 per cent who took naps over 30 minutes and 60 per cent who did not take naps.

Wiseman has said of the study, “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. Similarly, longer napping is associated with several health risks and, again, this is in line with our results.”

The study also found that 11 per cent of participants were allowed to take naps at work, so, if you’ve been knocking on HR’s door for some comfy bean-bags or a quiet room to facilitate your snooze, we suggest showing them these results.

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Nicole Webb

Staff Writer Collective Hub

Nicole is a Sydney based writer, who’s previously written for Harper’s Bazaar and Elle Australia. She has mused about everything from the world of haute couture, the Sydney music scene and newly founded start-ups.


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