Rest up during the winter break and your brain will thank you

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Winter break can mean different things to different people. Some travel, reconnect with family, intern or work, binge watch on Netflix — perhaps all of the above. Whatever the winter break plan, psychology experts and just about anyone can agree: Rest is important.

Research shows the positive effects of quality rest.

Distinguished professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, Karen Matthews, served as the Director of the Pittsburgh Mind-Body Center from 1999 to 2011. While there, Matthews researched 1,399 participants from four other studies and found a positive correlation between a person’s taking time off and vacationing, and the quality of his or her life.

The National Sleep Foundation explains that need for sleep varies from person to person , but everyone needs a good night’s rest. A 2012 National Sleep Foundation Bedroom Poll found that only 55 percent of adults feel their sleep needs are being met during weekdays, and 71 percent on weekends and non-workdays.

While it is a great plan to update your resume and begin planning for next semester, remember to give yourself a much-deserved break too. Spend time this holiday doing things you love with the people you care about; make time for your health and fitness, rest up and rejuvenate for a successful spring semester. Look forward to the next psychology blog post with unique ways to make the best of the long winter months and make this upcoming semester one for the books.

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