Adolescent napping behavior: Dysfunctional cognitions and negative affect

Michael Gradisar*, Hayley Dohnt, Helen Wright, Julie Robinson, Sarah Paine, Amanda Gamble

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    Napping behavior is largely unexplored in adolescents. This study compared the dysfunctional cognitions and negative affect of adolescent nappers and non-nappers. Participants were 231 adolescents (mean age, 17.7 years) who completed sleep, cognition, and negative affect questionnaires. Adolescent nappers demonstrated significantly more dysfunctional cognitions (P = 0.01), anxiety (P < 0.01), and stress symptoms (P < 0.01), when compared to non-nappers. In contrast, no significant difference was found for depression (P = 0.18). Furthermore, adolescent nappers with more severe dysfunctional cognitions demonstrated greater negative affect (all P < 0.05). The present study is one of the first to demonstrate a link between adolescent napping, dysfunctional cognitions, and negative affect.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)260-263
    Number of pages4
    JournalSleep and Biological Rhythms
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008


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