Small Study: Short Nap Could Reduce Impulsive Behavior, Improve Frustration Tolerance

The New York Times (7/10, Bakalar) “Well” blog reported that researchers studied 40 people between the ages of 18 to 50 and found that, after taking a short nap, the study’s participants were able to reduce their frustration while working on an “unsolvable task” and rated their behavior as less impulsive compared to those who didn’t take a nap. Jennifer R. Goldschmied, a doctoral student at the University of Michigan and the lead author of the study, said, despite the small sample size, “These results are valuable and have put us on the route to understanding how we can utilize naps. Now people are starting to understand how powerful short bursts of sleep can be.” The research was published online in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

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— “Naps May Improve Our Frustration Tolerance,” Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, July 10, 2015.

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