Doing this unexpected thing could actually make you more productive

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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.

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    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.

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    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.