Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Take a Nap

An article in the recent The Economist discusses research on how siestas, that little nap, helps kick the brain into learning mode.

We already know that an afternoon nap reduces the likelihood of heart disease.  This experiment gave people a memory test, randomly assigned them to nap or not nap, and then tested them again.  It all has to do with episodic and procedural memory and the length of the nap.  As you reach a certain deep sleep, the brain works to make all kinds of useful connections between new memories and existing ones.  In other words, you learn, or are prepared to learn.

So pull up a pillow, get comfy, and get your brain in learning mode.

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