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Turns Out There Is An Optimum Time And Temperature For Your Daily Nap

Turns Out There Is An Optimum Time And Temperature For Your Daily Nap

Bedding down for a quick nap can sometimes leave us feeling groggy and even more tired than we did before. But, according to new research, there's a good chance we've been doing it all wrong.

According to a new study, there is an optimum time of the day to take a quick snooze and if you want to be extra precise, there's even a specific room temperature that'll reportedly help you nod off.

The study of 2,000 people found there are two top reasons why people refrain from taking a nap. Some 38 per cent said they're usually unable to get comfortable enough to nod off, while three in 10 worry they won't be able to sleep at bedtime.

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But now, scientists say 1.31pm is the perfect time to snooze, while the room temperature should be at 18.3 degrees celsius for optimum comfort.

And it seems taking a nap in the daytime is a pretty good idea for our health and careers. The study, by OnePoll on behalf of Mattress Nerd, found those who nap are more likely to identify as a positive person in comparison to non-nappers.

Meanwhile, 90 per cent of nappers in the US study - which examined sleeping preferences and personality traits - described themselves as happy, in comparison to 79 per cent of non-nappers.

Those who nod off in the day are also found to be more confident, while having a quick nap is thought to have a positive impact on your career, too.

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The perfect time to take a nap is 1.31pm (Credit: Universal/Miramax)
The perfect time to take a nap is 1.31pm (Credit: Universal/Miramax)

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Three-quarters of nappers described themselves as a career-driven person, while only 55 per cent of non-nappers felt the same.

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Added to that, 83 per cent of nappers believe they've mastered a healthy work-life balance, while just 60 per cent of non-nappers could say the same.

A whopping half of those surveyed even said they'd even be willing to take a pay cut if it meant they could snooze at work.

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Some nappers are so passionate about a midday snooze, they even describe it as a hobby (Credit: Warner Bros)
Some nappers are so passionate about a midday snooze, they even describe it as a hobby (Credit: Warner Bros)

Meanwhile, 80 per cent of those who took part in the survey were so passionate about their nap, they considered it a hobby.

"Napping is no longer a sign of laziness, but it's another tool we can use to make us more productive in life," said a spokesperson for Mattress Nerd.

"While it's really ideal to maintain a consistent schedule of seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night, that's not always the case."

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BRB, it's almost time for our nap.

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Topics: Life News, Sleep, Health

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Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]