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PSYCHOLOGY NEWS BLOG - September 2015

by Dr. Lynn Margolies

 

SEPTEMBER 2015

Naps can improve alertness, mood, and clarity of thinking. But, unless you follow the rules of napping, naps can backfire:

…The ideal napping time is between 2 and 4 in the afternoon.

…A 20 minute nap is the best length.

…Naps that are 1 hour or more make people more tired and also interfere with nighttime sleep.

…People with sleep difficulties should not nap at all.

Reference:
Cote, K. (2015, September). Ask the Brains. Scientific American Mind, 26(5), 70.

Being a working mom can benefit children:

…Research shows that when moms who work come home in a good mood, their kids' moods and sleep improve.

Reference:
Lawson, K., Davis, K., McHale, S… (2014, December). Daily positive spillover and crossover from mothers’ work to youth health. Journal of Family Psychology, 28(6), 897-907.

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