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Men Benefit More From Naps Than Women, Research Suggests

Men Benefit More From Naps Than Women, Research Suggests

This announcement is for men who take naps. Taking naps is actually really good for your brain!

Previous studies have shown that the benefits of napping has actually proven to be great to regain your focusing power that you might lose throughout the day without a nap but a recent study conducted by scientists from the Max Planck Institute in Munich, shows that naps are actually better for men than for women.

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The term ‘Sleep Spindle’ represents a period whereby the sleeper is in a tranquil state and is boosted when women enter dreamless sleep. 160 adults were analysed with 72 of them women and 88 of them men. Scientists then found out that there is a co-relation between longer night sleeps and more sleep spindles in women which is associated with higher IQ. While for men, there is no such co-relation between longer night sleeps and higher intelligence.

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However, an examination of 86 men who were instructed to take 100 minutes of afternoon naps showed the same co-relation of boosted sleep spindles and intelligence as what the scientists had seen in women during night sleeps. This could be due to the difference in the ways the hormones of both sexes work during different times of the day.

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Results shown had scientists conclude that the association between sleep spindles and intelligence is more complex than we think but sleep and the benefits of napping is definitely one of factors that aid in intellectual ability.

And if that doesn’t convince you men to take afternoon naps during the day, just know many modern day geniuses and visionaries were habitual nappers such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and Ronald Reagan!

Featured photo credit: Men Sleeping via c1.staticflickr.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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