A simple way to increase right-brain activity

by Bob Walsh

The right hemisphere of your brain functions in slightly different ways than the left hemisphere of your brain. And many times accessing the unique ways of your right hemisphere can help you find creative solutions for difficult problems or come up with clever ideas and new ways of doing things. The right hemisphere is superior when it comes to creativity, big picture thinking (vs. paying attention to detail) and tasks like visualization.

If you’re interested in learning more about the differences between the right and left brain hemisphere, this is a really great video:

New research now shows that short naps during the daytime can help to stimulate this right-brain activity.

You might have had that experience at some time in your life already. You were working on a mentally challenging task and kind of hit a brick wall, making no progress despite investing more effort. Then you took a nap, and suddenly an idea popped up in your mind how to get it done.

Neuroscientists observed the brain activity of 15 study participants while they rested. They found that the left hemisphere becomes quieter during nap time, whereas the right hemisphere stays active even when we take a nap – and it even sends messages to the left hemisphere.

The lead author of the study was Andrei Medvedev, an assistant professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging in Washington.

I personally use power naps every day to increase my productivity. It helps me to stay focused and mentally sharp even on long work days, and I suggest you do the same.

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