Ask the Monkey: DoesTaking More Naps Make You Smarter?

1/26/2011 10:28:00 AM ·

You can walk into a college library on any day of the week and see students draped on the many couches and chairs, sound asleep with their textbook and Starbucks still in hand. A short snooze to absorb the ridiculous amounts of data or just an eye closing exercise to relax? Recent studies have actually found that quick naps can help the brain process and retain information.

Naps are, according to most reputable sources, the greatest thing that can possibly happen between the hours of 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. But did you know they are also good for helping you remember things?

A group of scientists thinks that taking a short nap after learning information speeds up the process by which information is retained. In an experiment, the researchers had two groups of people memorize one set of illustrated cards, and then, after a 40 minute interval, learn another set of cards.

Full Article on Napping and Memorization Via Gawker

Picture (Luca, an endangered white-naped mangabey monkey, has a nap at London Zoo.) ©

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