The secret to a great night's sleep

Research - We Love Napping

Recent research has uncovered something we all want to hear - there is a direct correlation between napping and happiness.

Carried out by the University of Hertfordshire for Edinburgh International Science Festival, the research involved over 1,000 participants, who rated both their happiness and whether they'd napped in the day.

They were classified into three groups: No Nappers, Short Nappers (under 30 mins) and Long Nappers (over 30 mins).

Results from the research show that there is a relationship between napping and happiness with 66% of Short Nappers being happy, compared to 56% of Long Nappers and 60% of No Nappers.

According to Silentnight's sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, napping can greatly improve health and wellbeing. Dr Nerina recommends that we perfect the art of a power nap.

"The best time to power nap is during the day when you start to feel sleepy, or your ability to concentrate on your task is reduced," explains Dr Ramlakhan. "You may have had the experience of this while driving for a long period of time or, as many of us find, you have a lull or dip in your energy levels mid-afternoon. This is the best time to take a power nap".

Dr Nerina suggests that a power nap is a state of relaxation that should last 10-20 minutes, but no longer.

"The first step is to get comfortable but not too comfortable. So avoid getting into bed and pulling the duvet up to your neck," says Dr Nerina. "You can use this technique just about anywhere, provided you can fully relax; a couch, a car, even the floor: the key is to find somewhere that you can mentally and physically relax without worrying about being disturbed. Don't forget to switch off your phone: you might want to think about sound and lighting levels, too."

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