Napping Revealed As The Key To Eternal Happiness

Snoozing during the day is amazing for your health, but make sure you don't overdo it...

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Napping is one of the most enjoyable things you can ever do. That’s just a fact.

Sadly though, dozing off in the middle of the day is seen as a bad thing most of the time – especially if you should be hard at work. However, new research has been revealed which basically means you never need to feel guilty about napping ever again.

University of Hertfordshire professor Richard Wiseman has put together a study that suggests taking naps during the day can boost everything from productivity to creativity, and its great news for your happiness too.

“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,” Wiseman said [via the Oxford Journal].

However, it’s not all good news…

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While napping for 30 minutes is seen as a positive, the study suggests that napping for over an hour at a time is linked with a huge range of health risks, including heart disease, cancer and respiratory illnesses.

“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,” the study reads.

The results also show that people who nap for 30 mins at a time are happier than those who regularly nap for over an hour at a time too, with a 66 percent happiness rating, compared to a 56 percent happiness rate.

So, napping for short periods of time is a good thing, but overdoing it can be harmful: by all means take half an hour during the day for a quick snooze, but make sure you set your alarm…

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.