If you want to accomplish more and tire yourself less, it will pay you to know whether the following statements are true or false. The answers are the results of extensive tests by physiologists and psychologists. Some of them will explode your pet theories.
A HALF-HOUR NAP EQUALS THREE HOURS OF SLEEP.
TRUE. Nap after lunch or before dinner and you can do with a lot less sleep. Some experts say it is equivalent to the three hours of sleep just before waking in the morning. Chances are, people who boast they sleep only a few hours at night are such nap snatchers.
HOW WELL YOU REST MEANS MORE THAN HOW LONG YOU SLEEP.
TRUE. Relaxed rest is about 80 percent as efficient as sleep in restoring energy. If an insomniac slept only a few hours but was completely relaxed the rest of the night, he’d still be refreshed. The insomniac rarely relaxes, however, because he worries about not sleeping.
SMALL TENSIONS WEAR YOU DOWN MORE THAN LARGE ONES.
TRUE. Mostly because you can’t identify and attack them, a lot of small worries you cant put your finger on will thoroughly exhaust you. So will continuous nagging. But in a big crisis of which you are fully conscious all your resources come to the rescue.
HIGH PRESSURE WORKERS ARE MOST EFFICIENT.
FALSE. Studies show that in any activity, top-notch workers are those who are the most relaxed. Unnecessary pressure and high pace tenses and exhausts you and decrease your efficiency. In relaxed even-paced work you use less energy and accomplish more.
ELEVATE YOUR FEET TO REST THEM.
TRUE. A daily ten-minute rest at hip level stimulates circulation and refreshes you.
QUIET ENTERTAINMENT RELAXES YOU BEST.
NOT NECESSARILY. For long term relaxation, many experts’ advice passing up passive pleasures like TV and radio for active ones that involve your mind and body. Try gardening, sports, home decoration, painting or any other hobby in which you can participate.
DON’T TRUST EVENING DECISIONS.
TRUE. Postpone them till morning. Chances are your opinions then will be quite different from what they are in the late afternoon or evening, when they are likely to be biased by fatigue.
EXTRAVAGANCE TIRES YOU.
TRUE. Fatigue often follows on the heels of buying something you can’t afford. Uncertainty and doubt produce muscle and nerve exhaustion as tiring as strenuous exercise.
EARLY TO BED AND EARLY TO RISE
NOT AN INFALLIBLE RULE. There are two types of people. A’s peak efficiency is early in the day; he gets his best sleep during the early part of the night. B’s maximum efficiency is in the afternoon or evenings, he sleeps best during the last part of the night. B’s best bet is late work and late rising.
STANDING IS MORE TIRING THAN WALKING.
TRUE. When you walk, each leg rests half the time; when you stand, neither leg rests. And the stress and impatience of waiting in the line tire you more than does straight standing.
DO WORST CHORES FIRST
TRUE. Plough into them. Dodging a job gives you double fatigue from dreading the work and then doing it. Tackling the tough jobs first, makes others seem easier.