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    How Mental Rest is linked to Faster Learning and Overall Productivity

    Sep 20, 2016 · by Peter O · no comments

    The previous scientific report on the subject of mental rest versus learning has now been confirmed to be true by the applicants who decided to live the talk. The research work was sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health and carried out by the University of Texas at Austin. It involved adults; the report stated that taking a short time to restduring the day (which included daydreaming) boosts the brain power to learn faster.

    How freedom to rest right inside the class was carried out

    Participants were allowed to take short breaks during the learning period especially when a new topic was to cameup. They were allowed to think whatever comes in their mind for a while. However, there were some guidelines laid later to ensure the solidity of the findings.

    The thinking was customized such that, the participants were given an opportunity to freely think about any previous information about the topic that was to be introduced. Freedom was awarded, to the participants who wanted to lay the head on the desk and take a nap, daydream or just sit restfully on the chair without necessary taking the purported topic into consideration.

    Hint: The professor or lecturer enters the lecture room and gives food for thought based on old experience on a topic – for example, before tackling, a topic on electricity, he or she asks the participants to rest back of their chairs and do nothing but recall about electrical conductivity as previously taught in high school physics.


    After those short sessions of awake rest and meditation, it was found out that the participants comprehended faster when the topic was introduced. In fact as the research was repeated it was noted, the learning experience became livelier and less strenuous on participants.  They exhibited faster learning experience.


    How smart company managers adopted the report into their management techniques

    Employees were allowed to take a nap, or daydream on their work station. The frequency was not dictated, however, an average person is known to day dream, or nap away not more than thrice per day. Although many companies are yet to implement this concept into their systems of operation, those that took the risk have reported overwhelming benefits. Employees became more productive after recovering from the nap sessions (literary the rest). They were also noted to be less-stressed, more competent and much contented; and as you know, all these are motivating factors that influence higher productivity.


    How nature invokes rest and why you should comply by sleeping as required

    Mother Nature has exhibited a lot on the topic of rest. This comes out clear when you begin to think about infants. Infants are known to spend up to 18 hours plus just sleeping, which literary means their brains spend more time in rest mode. Medical scientists recommend all these hours of sleep to babies citing that it helps the child to grow faster. It’s essential to note that all growth is directly link to the brain, which means, when the child sleeps the brain receives the signal and releases the growth homes. The idea is, brain systems work smarter when refreshed from time to time and especially when a person gets enough rest, which only comes with sleeping the recommended hours, 6 to8.



    Whether you are a manager, business person or even employees, it is clear that without resting enough, life becomes harder, and stressful. If your problem to get enough rest has gone overboard, you can decide to engage a professional physiologist who can help you establish a resting plan that he or she will help you to also stick with.



    Source: University of texas at Austin

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