Last time, we talked about how you need to relax to solve difficult problems. This is part 2 of 2, discussing how can improve your memory and skill by being sure to get a good night’s sleep.
Sleep isn’t just resting, your brain is working on processing your experiences so that when you wake up, you’ll remember things better, pick up new skills faster, and maybe even acquire some new insights. This is all backed up by studies showing how people performing a variety of tasks (ranging across memory, coordination, and math) do better if they’re allowed to sleep between practise sessions, instead of just relaxing while awake. Read more.
In fact, you get this benefits not just from nighttime sleep, but also from daytime naps. Since there’s a natural tendency to be tired in the mid-afternoon, this is a great time to take a nap, also known as a siesta in places where this is the norm.
If working smarter and increased productivity aren’t enough to convince you to get a good night’s sleep and encourage napping at your workplace, keep in mind that well-rested people have better moods, making it easier to work productively with others.
A high-stress, deadline-driven culture in your organization might pump out more mundane work for little while. But a proper appreciation for rest and relaxation can help you work smarter, developing more game-changing insights and skills. And it’ll make your organization a much better place to work, helping you to attract and keep great people to work with.