A recent study has shown that just a 45-minute power nap can boost your memory five-fold!
Researcher Sara Studte taught a selection of words to a group of students, and then asked half of them to nap, and the other half to stay awake. Those who slept had a far better recall capacity than those that didn't get any shut-eye at all.
‘A short nap at the office or in school is enough to significantly improve learning success,’ Professor Axel Mecklinger, who supervised the study, explained. ‘Wherever people are in a learning environment, we should think seriously about the positive effects of sleep.'
But it's not just while learning that sleep can be effective - lack of sleep can have an impact on your memory in general, because your brain hasn't had the chance to fully recharge. Sleep is the time when our bodies relax, repair and get ready for another day, so if your memory is suffering, your sleeping pattern could hold the answer.
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