The Science Behind Taking a Break

All work and no play dulls even the world’s brightest and richest business tycoon. Yes, there’s truth to that saying, and the science behind it has spoken for itself. In fact, more studies have proven this one same point over and over.

In a study of some 400 workers in a certain company, performance dropped with a decrease in their sleeping hours, leading researchers to conclude that amount of sleep is one of the best indicators of work-related burn-out. In another study conducted by Harvard scholars, it was found that US companies lose around $63 billion each year in terms of productivity.

On the other hand, a researcher from Stanford University, Cheri D. Mah, discovered that male basketball players who slept at least ten hours every night are more likely to dramatically improve their performance, as proven when the players improved their three-point and free-throw shots during practice by 9% each on average.

In yet another study, it was found that taking naps during the day can also have positive effects on performance. In the research, air traffic controllers who worked in the night shift were allowed to nap for 40 minutes each. After sleeping for an average of 19 minutes, the employees scored higher on tests that looked into their reaction time and vigilance.

And it’s not just about sleeping more, of course. In a study conducted by accounting giant Ernst & Young of its own staff, they found that for every ten hours added to their workers’ vacation time, their year-end performance ratings went up by 8%. Furthermore, it was shown that those who often took vacations were less likely to resign.

The point is obvious here – everybody needs their own personal time away from all the stresses of work, if only to perform even better in their jobs. If you’re worried about the costs of vacationing, who says you have to? It doesn’t have to be a trip to the Bahamas.

The important thing is to give your mind a break. For all you know, it can be about digging that secret cougar crush you’ve always had on one of those hot, young  artists today. Do Justin Moore tickets sound interesting? Or maybe you’ve always fantasized about meeting Katy Perry. That girl’s got tons of events you could crash, too! The information you need is all online.

It’s all about giving yourself some ME time. Something to relax that brain and give it a little candy, so when it’s time to get back to work, you’ve got everything all refreshed and energized. After all, that’s when you’re likely to be the most productive.