5 Scientific Secrets to Naps That Will Make You Happier and Smarter

TIME

For many of us, more hours of shut-eye at night just doesn’t seem to be in the cards. Is there anything we can do? Yes.

Naps. Wonderful, glorious naps.

They’re not a full-on substitute for lack of sleep but they can do much more than you think and in less time than you’d guess.

Without them, you’re going to be a mess. Here’s why.

Wanna Be Dumb And Ugly?

Lack of sleep not only makes you ugly and sick, it also makes you dumb: missing shut-eye makes 6th graders as smart as 4th graders.

And if that’s not enough, lack of sleep contributes to an early death.

Via Night School:

Starting in the mid-1980s, researchers from University College London spent twenty years examining the relationship between sleep patterns and life expectancy in more than 10,000 British civil servants. The results, published in 2007, revealed that participants…

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