We’ve all been there; it’s Friday, it’s been a long week and all you want to do is go home and fall asleep on the couch.
But instead of waiting the few hours until you clock off, you instead find yourself nodding off at your desk. Not ideal at all.
However, it turns out that there’s a pretty simple way you can keep your sleepiness at bay until the end of the working day.
According to a study in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, all you need to do is get up from your desk at lunchtime and go for a 15 minute walk.
Researchers took 100 people and asked them to switch up their daily half hour lunchtime routine for ten days in a row.
50 of the subjects went for a nice, refreshing walk outside in a park, while the other 50 went to a quiet room and focused on doing relation exercises, such as deep breathing and meditation.
Each activity took just 15-minutes and all subjects ate a short lunch beforehand.
Interestingly – but not all that surprising – both groups found that they were able to concentrate better following their short break.
“These types of activities might have potential in maintaining productivity throughout the working day,” lead author Marjaana Sianoja, a psychology researcher at the University of Tampere, told Time.
She also urged people to take the 15-minutes away from their desk, even if they think they are too busy, as the benefits will completely outweigh the absence from your work.
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