ANN ARBOR, MI (CBS) – Want to perform better on the job? A brief midday nap could help you do just that.
According to new research from the University of Michigan, napping on the job could actually result in a boost in productivity.
Researchers say they studied how a short nap affected “adults’ emotional control” using 40 people between 18 and 50 who were randomly assigned either an hour-long nap or no nap and a nature video.
Participants also completed computer tasks and answered a questionnaire on their mood and sleepiness.
The scientists say that those who napped were able to spend more time completing a complicated task versus those who’d gone sleep-less. The people who had napped also said they felt less impulsive than those who didn’t.
“Our results suggest that napping may be a beneficial intervention for individuals who may be required to remain awake for long periods of time by enhancing the ability to persevere through difficult or frustrating tasks,” said Jennifer Goldschmied, a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology and the study’s lead author.
Researchers call on-the-job napping a “cost-efficient and easy strategy to increase workplace safety” in the write up, which is published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.