Feeling Frustrated? Take a Nap
A new study says it could help you from throwing temper tantrums
As anybody with a cranky toddler knows, nap time is clutch for kids.
Turns out, the same thing goes for adults.
According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, incorporating short naps into your schedule can help you feel less frustrated and act less impulsively.
The researchers looked at participants aged 18 to 50, and found that those who had consistent sleep schedules and took small, 20-minute naps during the day were more likely to spend extended time wrestling with difficult or frustrating tasks until they found a solution. And, in turn, they were less likely to freak out over small things (say, that peanut butter knife your husband is physically incapable of putting in the sink).
The study also suggests that napping at work is an easy and cost-effective way to increase productivity and safety--and decrease incidents where you go all berserk on Joan from accounting.
In other words: permission granted to put away that Excel sheet and grab a quick cat nap between meetings.