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Benefits of Napping
Recent studies have shown that taking 20 minutes a day to refresh is instrumental to a person's overall well-being and leads to increased energy and productivity. Below are some of the results of studies conducted on the benefits of napping:
Even an ultra-short period of sleep is sufficient to enhance memory processing: Memory retention with a short nap was measured 18% higher than that without the nap, while a longer nap enhanced memory retention by 34% relative to that without the nap. 1
College students taking regular naps demonstrated higher cognitive scores and lower stress levels when compared to the control group. 2
A study showed significantly higher scores for nappers in surprise tests, in comparison to those who did not nap.3
Poor sleep is a strong predictor of academic problems and has the same negative impact on a student's grade point average as binge drinking and marijuana use.4
Insufficient sleep and irregular sleep–wake patterns are present at alarming levels in the college student population. 5
‘Napping and sleeping’ have been reported as the most effective ways to cope with stress, as perceived by students. 6
A short, mid-day nap is associated with improved alertness and cognitive functioning, leading to a 30% reduction in attention failures, an 8% reduction in hit reaction time, a 50% reduction in omission errors, and a 22% reduction in commission errors. 7
Daytime napping stops or even reverses the process of deterioration in visual perception, thus helping individuals cope with information overload. 8
A study in which subjects were learning words and word pairs suggests that a short nap can aid the process of moving learned information into long-term memory.9
1 Lahl, O., Wispel, C., Willigens, B., & Pietrowsky, R. (2008). An ultra short episode of sleep is sufficient to promote declarative memory performance. Journal of sleep research, 17(1), 3-10.
2 Rolston, E., Sandlin, J. R., Sandlin, M., & Keathley, R. (2007). Power napping: Effects on cognitive ability and stress levels among college students. Liberty University, final program/paper, 10.
3 Lemos, N., Weissheimer, J., & Ribeiro, S. (2014). Naps in school can enhance the duration of declarative memories learned by adolescents. Frontiers in systems neuroscience, 8.
5 Lund, H. G., Reider, B. D., Whiting, A. B., & Prichard, J. R. (2010). Sleep patterns and predictors of disturbed sleep in a large population of college students. Journal of adolescent health, 46(2), 124-132. Chicag0
6 Siti Maisharah, S. G., Sabariah Noor, H., & Nur Hafzan, M. H. (2011). Stress Level Among Final Year USM Bachelor Of Pharmacy Students During Outpatient/Counselling Clerkship. International Journal, 2(1), 39-45.
7 Amin, M. M., Graber, M., Ahmad, K., Manta, D., Hossain, S., Belisova, Z., & Gold, A. R. (2012). The effects of a mid-day nap on the neurocognitive performance of first-year medical residents: a controlled interventional pilot study. Academic Medicine, 87(10), 1428-1433.
8 Mednick, S. C., Nakayama, K., Cantero, J. L., Atienza, M., Levin, A. A., Pathak, N., & Stickgold, R. (2002). The restorative effect of naps on perceptual deterioration. Nature neuroscience, 5(7), 677-681
.9 Studte, S., Bridger, E., & Mecklinger, A. (2015). Nap sleep preserves associative but not item memory performance. Neurobiology of learning and memory, 120, 84-93.