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For many of us, attempting to optimise our productivity can be a daily struggle.
It’s 2020 and every day life is jam packed full of temptingly distracting reasons to NOT tick off our to-do lists.
But it turns out the answer to being productive lays exactly where you’d think it wouldn’t- in bed.
According to new research, hitting the hay for a quick nap could be just the trick to help you power through your jobs for the day.
A study, carried out by OnePoll on behalf of Mattress Nerd, looked at the personality traits and the napping preferences of 2000 Americans.
The research found that those who were prone to taking a nap were also more likely to identify as productive people.
It seems that taking a snooze could be great for your mental health too, with 90% of the nappers surveyed saying they were happy, compared to 79% of non-nappers.
Meanwhile, 89% of nappers claimed to be confident, but just 79% of non-nappers agreed.
Apparently, being partial to a nap also aligns with how ambitious you are when it comes to your career.
The study found that a massive three quarters of nappers described themselves as career driven, while just over half of non-nappers said the same.
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A spokesperson for Mattress Nerd explained, “Napping is no longer a sign of laziness, but it’s another tool we can use to make us more productive in life.”
Other research has found that naps can be great for our health too.
A study published in health journal Heart revealed that taking a daytime nap once or twice during the week could slash the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Researchers looked at the connection between nap frequency and duration and fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular disease events, such as heart attack, stroke, or heart failure in 3,462 participants.
The study concluded that occasional napping, once to twice a week, was associated with an almost halving (48 per cent) in heart failure and stroke risk, compared to those who didn’t take any naps.