A 45-minute power nap can boost your memory five-fold, study finds

A 45-minute power nap can boost your memory five-fold, study finds
A nap of just 45 minutes can improve memory five-fold, the study found (Picture: Getty Images)

A short power nap lasting 45 minutes to an hour can improve your memory five-fold, a study has found.

Graduate student Sara Studte taught 90 words and 120 unrelated word pairs to a group of 41 students, half of whom were allowed to take a nap afterwards.

And the results which was published in the journal of Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, showed that those who napped had far superior information recall that than those who hadn’t.

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‘A short nap at the office or in school is enough to significantly improve learning success,’ said Professor Axel Mecklinger, who supervised the study.

‘Wherever people are in a learning environment, we should think seriously about the positive effects of sleep.

‘Even a short sleep lasting 45 to 60 minutes produces a five-fold improvement in information retrieval from memory.’

If only we knew this when we were caught falling asleep at school.

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22 March 2015 | 8:58 pm – Source: metro.co.uk


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