Research published by CNLM Fellow Dr. Sara Mednick suggests children who nap midday are happier, excel academically and have fewer behavioral problems

New research led by Dr. Sara Mednick, a CNLM Fellow and associate professor of cognitive science, in collaboration with scientists at the University of Pennsylvania suggests a connection between midday napping and increased happiness, self-control and grit. The study was published last week in the journal SLEEP, and featured in Tech Times. 
 
"It was the first comprehensive study of its kind, Mednick says. “Many lab studies across all ages have demonstrated that naps can show the same magnitude of improvement as a full night of sleep on discrete cognitive tasks. Here, we had the chance to ask real-world, adolescent schoolchildren questions across a wide range of behavioral, academic, social, and physiological measures.”