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Take Naps To Be More Productive

Catharine Willett March 26, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]T[/su_dropcap]he Science of Us presents: You Deserve a Break!

If you’ve got a big project ahead of you, it often seems like the best tactic is to strap yourself in and work on it non-stop until you get it done. Then a few hours later, you’re likely to find yourself barely awake in front of a project that’s not even halfway finished.

But research suggests a surprising way to fight exhaustion and be more productive: take naps and avoid working for more than 90 minutes at a time. No, seriously!

German scientists studied some of the country’s best violinists and found that most of them did their practice sessions in 60 to 90 minute intervals, and the best of the best never did more than 4.5 hours of practice total in one day. Those top players were also more likely to take afternoon naps of 20-30 minutes.

There are a ton of other studies that strengthen those findings: Japanese researchers found that people who took a few minutes to look at puppies and kittens were more attentive at completing tedious tasks. A University of Michigan study found that people who take 60 minute naps try harder and get less frustrated while solving tricky problems. Data gathered by productivity app DeskTime shows the most effective users work for 52 minutes straight, then take breaks of about 17 minutes. Even NASA has found that their pilots have better reaction times if they take 40 minute naps.

In other words, don’t feel bad about taking regular breaks, and don’t feel like you need to stay glued to your work all day. You can relax a bit.

Watching this video was a very good start!

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