Boost your productivity at work: take a nap
Sub: Study suggests a quick kip in the office can help with memory and learning.
A new study from Germany has found that a nap of about an hour can significantly improve memory performance.
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The research published in Neurology of Learning and Memory involved 41 participants and examined their memory recall.
After learning single words and word pairs, about half of the participants had a sleep and the others watched a DVD. All participants were then re-tested and the napping group demonstrated that they had retained substantially more word pairs in memory than the group that had watched a DVD.
Study co-author and supervisor Professor Axel Mecklinger says the results are clear: “Even a short slepp lasting 45 to 60 minutes produces a five-fold improvement in information retrieval form memory.”
“A short nap at the office or in school is enough to significantly improve learning success. Wherever people are in a learning environment, we should think seriously about the positive effects of sleep,” says Mecklinger.
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The hippocampus & memory
The researchers were particularly focused on the role of the hippocampus- a region of the brain where memories are ‘consolidated’- previously learned information is transferred to long-term memory storage.
Brains Explained illustrates what the hippocampus is and how it functions and its role in memory.