Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Power Napping: Effects on Cognitive Ability and Stress Levels among College Students

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Power Napping: Effects on Cognitive Ability and Stress Levels among College Students

Article excerpt

Recent research suggests that 70 million Americans are believed to be sleep deprived. In addition, more automobile accidents are now caused by drowsiness than drunk drivers. College students are not immune to this problem. Sleep deprivation is a current and severe health problem among this group. Various factors that contribute to the sleep problems of college students have been identified. These include stress, poor time management, poor sleep habits, and environment. Researchers have investigated a number of sleep deprivation issues including gender differences in the specific sleep problems and methods of coping with sleep deprivation. More women than men report an inability to stay asleep and more morning tiredness. Men are more likely than women to ignore sleep problems. The most common method of coping with the lack of sleep for both genders is nap taking. Some say that taking a nap will keep one awake at night and cause him to be unable to go to sleep at his normal time. Others contend that a nap provides an extra boost but only when one knows how, when, and where to take a good nap. As can be seen, nap taking is a controversial topic. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of two methods of nap taking--Relaxation Visualization and Tension Relaxation--on the cognitive abilities and stress levels of college students. …

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