According to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, “a nap of 15 to 20 minutes in the early afternoon can be beneficial” and could help in academic performance, boosting cognitive ability. Yet 78% of 13-14 year olds we asked said they never nap during the day, and only 11% say they nap on a weekly basis.
The National Sleep Foundation state on their website that a 20 to 30 minute nap is “usually recommended for short-term alertness”. Apparently CCHSG students are unaware of this, as only 33% said 15 to 30 minutes was a good nap length.
Then why don’t teens want to nap?
When asked why she didn’t nap, Priyanka (14) said, “It’s a waste of time and distracts me from partaking in my daily duties”. Georgia (13) said her days were too full of “homework and running” to nap. In general, 13-14 year olds said the main reasons for avoiding napping were homework and lack of free time.
89% of students surveyed said they wished to sleep more - but only 28% would consider napping more.
The Nationwide Children’s Hospital advise that adolescents require “nine and a quarter hours” of sleep each night. Unfortunately only 24% of Year Nines surveyed reach this target, with 76% students falling below.
Could napping be the solution to the sleep shortage?