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  • 2/27/2010

Study says midday naps makes one smarter

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A new research has revealed that taking a midday nap revitalizes your brain and dramatically boosts its ability to absorb new information.

‘You need to sleep before learning, to prepare your brain, like a dry sponge, to absorb new information,’ said lead researcher Matthew P. Walker, who is an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley.

‘It's as though the e-mail inbox in your hippocampus is full and, until you sleep and clear out those fact e-mails, you're not going to receive any more mail. It's just going to bounce until you sleep and move it into another folder,’ he added.

Sleep not only rights the wrong of prolonged wakefulness but ... it moves you beyond where you were before you took a nap,’ he further explained.

According to Walker, the more hours people spend awake, the more sluggish the mind becomes.

The findings support previous data from the same research team that showed pulling an all-nighter decreases one's ability to cram in new facts by nearly 40 percent because some brain regions shut down after sleep deprivation.

Source: presstv.ir


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