Print Edition - 2019-02-21  |  Health and Living

A 75-minute lunch break?

  • SOME R

Feb 21, 2019-

Schoolchildren should have at least 75 minutes of breaktime every day. This begs a question: if children need more than an hour of downtime a day, what about us adults?

The amount of time people take as breaks during the working day seems to be going down. If we do have some time off, it is for lunch. But that is often spent eating a sandwich at our desk, catching up on work. If we are lucky, we get a “working lunch”—an unholy mashup of a meeting and a lunch hour.

But research shows that not taking time off during the day is a big mistake. People who have proper breaks are more productive, less stressed, less likely to burn out and sleep better.

Another major benefit of taking a break is that it gives staff an opportunity to build up informal social networks. Even taking a short break is good for us. An investigation of people working at computers found that taking a break of a few minutes every 20 or 40 minutes significantly reduced strains and pains in their neck and shoulders.

Published: 21-02-2019 10:29

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