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For all those people who love to put their feet up and pass out without any regard to whatever else is going on in the day, you're in luck, because new research claims that napping is the key to happiness—so never, ever feel bad that you fall asleep again, even if the sun is shining and it's 70 degrees out.
While we all know how important getting sleep is to your overall health, a professor from the University of Hertfordshire named Richard Wiseman says that getting even more than the suggested eight hours per night will do you even more good, via the study from the Oxford Journal.
"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 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 incredible results come from researchers studying 16,000 British men and women between the ages of 40 and 79 for an incredible 13 years, with participants then put into categories based off of napping habits.
Participants were then given a happiness score based on a five-point scale, with people who napped during the day averaging a score of 3.67, while non-nappers scoring a 3.52 and long-nappers coming in at 3.44.
The findings also showed that 66 percent of short nappers reported being happier than those who dozed off for longer naps during the day—who still had a 56 percent happiness rate.
Unfortunately, there were some negative effects to sleeping for too long, with the study discovering that those people who napped for over an hour each day were at greater risk of dying from causes like heart disease, cancer, and respiratory illnesses. However, researchers were quick to point out that the study doesn't prove causation and that, while there was a link between the two, the circumstances were more likely associated with individual participants' medical records:
“Although a range of preexisting health conditions and medication use was considered in this study, we cannot rule out that our results may be partly explained by the effects of other undiagnosed health problems or medications not included in this study that might cause daytime fatigue or sleepiness,” they wrote.
So, while taking a quick nap during the day might lead you to being happier and, in some cases is healthier for you, if you're experiencing fatigue day after day and not just because of a bad night's sleep, it may be something bigger that you need to talk with a doctor about.
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