Jockers did not state anymore specifics of the study parameters, but did provide the accuracy percentage of which the basketball players three-point shots improved (2011).

From the perspective of a research analysis, Jockers provided trivial information from the Mah studies. Perhaps to an under informed reader, however, knowing that athletes were able to make more three-point shots and sprint faster after having more sleep is enough information to be convinced of Jockerss argument. Even for the less-informed reader, there are places in the article in which the focus is distracted from the main objective. For example, Jockers explains that Dr. Czeisler is “nicknamed the sleep doctor” and he “works with [sports] teams such as the Boston Celtics” (2011). These points may further engage a reader, but are not balanced with an adequate amount of research specifics to keep the article centered on the benefits of napping.

The title of the article, “Daytime Naps Improve Performance” is somewhat misleading. The article does not solely adhere to the advantages and outcomes of daytime napping, and tends to revert between napping and general sleep.

Jockers also directs the information more towards athletes, and describes how athletes benefit from sleeping. The article could potentially be more successful if he did not weight athletic performance so heavily, and also described how napping can improve anyones physiological performance. Jockers acknowledges a passable amount of research in order for his point to be made and easy to agree with: sleeping is good for ones overall bodily performance. The article, however, does not maintain focus on daytime napping, provides limited details of the specific studies, and results to basic generalizations of research findings. For example, Jocker states, “Sleep also improves the immune system and reduces inflammatory behavior in the body” (2011), without referring to a study or explaining how sleep physically or biochemically improves health. Jockers aims to provide the reader with an abundance of information with a minimal word count, and by doing so, he makes an easily understood point but his execution lacks focus and detail.


Jockers, D. (2011, July 31). Daytime naps.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *