UBC Undergraduate Research

Nap Duration & Psychological Outcomes for Students Tsunoi, Anna; Wu, Michael; Hui, Ricky; Lee, Winnie


With the upcoming implementation of napping facilities on the UBC Vancouver campus for the Arts Students’ Centre, we sought to better understand the current sleep and napping habits of UBC students and if a length of nap was had an association with scores subjective psychological outcomes, whether positive or negative. We hypothesize that nap length should show some relationship with psychological outcomes. Through online survey, 55 participants that identified as UBC students were asked to self-report their average length of nap and the perceived frequency of experiencing several psychological outcomes as a result of their nap. Psychological outcomes were defined as positively or negatively valenced experiences/states such as alertness, readiness to work, feeling energized, satisfaction, fatigue, irritability, and anxiousness. Analysis using Spearman’s Rank Correlation Coefficient showed no significant correlations between nap length and any of the variables, as correlations were both extremely weak and not statistically significant. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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