If this isn't the strongest case for nap breaks at work you've ever heard, then we'll eat our hat. Or something.
A new study led by Sara Mednick, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California-Riverside, has found that sleep has some serious benefits (obvs)—but napping could be just as effective.
Study participants took a test to measure their creativity, which had hidden clues about a test later that day. Some of the participants stayed awake, while the larger majority snuck off for a nap. After, they all took a new test, and lo and behold, the nap group performed far better.
According to Sara, the nap group performed 40 percent better because of the increased rapid eye movement time they got courtesy of the shut eye. She said:
"Sleep helps transform short-term memories into long-term memories by helping make stronger connections between these new experiences and our old memories, that allows the new experiences to be integrated with our general knowledge and understanding of the world."
Ok, so how long before we can make napping at work a legit thing, though?
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.