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Napping: An intervention for sleep deprived undergraduate and graduate students

Donohue, Kelly (2013) Napping: An intervention for sleep deprived undergraduate and graduate students. Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal, 4. pp. 19-28.

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Sleep is an important physiological process that plays a prominent role in the overall physical and mental health of individuals through impacting cognitive, emotional, and physical functioning (Gruber, 2012). Individuals who do not get adequate sleep are at risk to suffer from insomnia, experience overall activity impairment, and have significantly lower physical and mental productivity than individuals who achieve optimum amounts of sleep (Bolge, Doan, Kannan, & Baran, 2009). Unfortunately, many graduate and undergraduate students do not get sufficient overnight sleep (Forquer, Camden, Gabriau, & Johnson, 2008). One possible solution for these students is to increase their napping activity. Although overnight sleep is very important, recent research shows that napping can benefit individuals who are sleep deprived (Chen, 2013). Research suggests that napping as little as ten minutes when fatigued can have many positive benefits including an increase in energy and cognitive functioning (Tietzel & Lack, 2002). Although napping should not be used as a substitute for overnight sleep, it is a possible solution for students during stressful periods when they are unable to achieve optimum amounts of overnight sleep.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is published annually and dedicated to publishing refereed articles related to professional counseling in general and issues and counseling approaches that focus on wellness and personal adjustment. Publication priority was given to current Masters and Doctoral students from CACREP-accredited Counseling Programs with active Chi Sigma Iota Chapters. Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is the official publication of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at Northern Arizona University.
Keywords: wellness, sleep, deprived, undergraduate, graduate, napping, intervention
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Department/Unit: Journals > Counseling and Wellness Journal
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2016 22:18
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/2646

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