Sleeping on the job might get you fired, but new search does say that allowing workers to catch a nap could make them better able to face the day. A new study states that a midday nap can help people push through on-the-job frustrations and exhaustion.
The research, from the University of Michigan, says naps could be an easy and cost-efficient way for employers to increase workplace safety.
To complete the study, the researchers had 40 adults who were asked to get a good night’s rest three nights in a row. They completed survey questions about sleepiness, mood, impulsivity and tasks on computers.
Some of the participants took a one-hour nap, while the rest watched a nature video. Afterwards, they were all asked to complete more tasks on the computers, and the ones who napped, spent more time trying to solve the issue, compared to the non-nappers.
Jennifer Goldschmied; a psychology doctoral student who led the research, says other studies have shown that staying awake for long periods of time can make people more prone to anger and frustration.
“Napping may be a beneficial intervention for individuals who may be required to remind awake for long periods of time, by enhancing the ability to preserve through difficult or frustrating tasks,” Goldschmied said in a statement.
A research paper out this week states that a history of poor sleep habits – not just one night of sleep deprivation – can hinder people’s self-control making them more likely to be inattentive and make poor decisions.
“Self-control is part of daily decision-making,” said Clemson University psychology professor June Pilcher. “Our study explored how sleep habits and self-control are interwoven and how sleep habits and self-control may work together to affect a person’s daily functioning.”
Poor sleep habits – including not enough or inconsistent sleep times – can wear away self-control.
“Exercising self-control allows one to make better choices when presented with conflicting desires and opportunities. That has far-reaching implications to a person’s career and personal life,” Pilcher said.