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September 10, 2004

A study concludes that British companies can increase productivity by installing beds in the workplace and helping employees to doze off every so often.

One basis for the conclusion: While just 10 per cent of 1,000 people surveyed said they came up with new ideas at their desk, more than 30 per cent said they literally dreamed up their best ideas when they were drifting off to sleep.

"In our dreams, we produce unusual combinations of ideas that can seem surreal but every once in a while result in an amazingly creative solution to an important problem," said psychology professor Richard Wiseman.

For employers who won't or can't allow office napping, the researchers offered some advice. The best way to tackle a problem, they said, is for employees to take regular breaks, so they can revisit problems and issues with fresh minds.

Source: AFP, via the Toronto Globe and Mail

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