Employers may find their employees to be more productive when the workplace has nap pods or when extended break times are offered. A University of Michigan study has revealed that short naps are an effective strategy to counteract impulsive behavior and boost tolerance for frustration at work. The researchers suggest that employees must be allowed to take short naps during office hours as this will boost productivity and generate more revenue for the company.
Researcher Jennifer Goldschmied, doctoral student in the department of psychology, said, "Napping may be a beneficial intervention for individuals who are required to stay awake for long period of time by enhancing the ability to persevere through difficult or frustrating tasks."
The researchers studied how a brief nap affected adults' emotional control. The 40 study participants, aged 18-50 years, maintained a consistent sleep schedule for three nights prior to the test. The were asked to complete tasks on computers and answer questions about sleepiness, mood and impulsivity. These participants were randomly assigned to a 60-minute nap opportunity or no-nap period that involved watching a nature video.
The researchers found that those who napped spent more time trying to solve a task and reported less impulsivity than the non-nappers who were less willing to endure frustration in order to complete it. The study results indicate that staying awake for an extended period of time hinders people from controlling negative emotional responses.
The study appeared online in Personality and Individual Differences.