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Apparently Short Naps Make You Happier, So You Should Probably Go Take One

In what is potentially the least surprising discovery scientists have made this year, it turns out there is a link between taking short naps and happiness.

Literally any student at any university could have told them this, but, y’know, at least now it’s official.

There’s also now a name for that feeling you get after a really great little nap – nappiness.


The “discovery” was made via a study carried out earlier this year for the Edinburgh International Science Festival, which saw 1,000 participants answer psychological questions about their napping habits.

Unsurprisingly, the participants who said they’re partial to a short snooze were given a higher happiness score than those who take longer naps, or those who don’t nap at all (who are these people?).

The findings also revealed that 66% of short nappers reported feeling happy compared with 56 per cent of long nappers, suggesting that short naps are the key to a happier life.

Professor Richard Wiseman, from the University of Hertfordshire, 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.

“Similarly, longer napping is associated with several health risks and, again, this is in line with our results.”

So there you have it. Next time you hesitate over taking a quick nap, remember they’re scientifically proven to make you happier.

Sleep well.

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