The problem of mental fatigue during continuous work at the computer these days is particularly relevant.
And who would have thought that restoring work helps … daytime sleep.
Employees of the Laboratory of Neurobiology of Sleep and Wakefulness at the Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology, Russian Academy of Sciences conducted a study.
The subjects were offered a computer test in which it was necessary to solve in their mind the proposed arithmetic problems and choose the correct answer. The task was carried out during two working sessions, separated by a one and a half hour break. In addition, each subject took part in two experiments: mainly (with sleep during the break) and control (without sleep).
Also, at the end of each session, the subjects filled out a SAN questionnaire (subjective assessment of the current state of health, activity and mood).
According to the study, daytime sleep has a stabilizing effect on performance. In addition, the subjects who slept during the break, then felt much better, as noted in the questionnaire. Those who rested, awake, did not avoid the development of fatigue while continuing to work.