Thursday, April 22, 2010
Want to Learn More? Take a Nap
Current Biology has published a report stating successful study habits should include plenty of napping. People who take a nap and dream about a task they've just learned perform it better upon waking than either those who don't sleep at all or those who sleep but don't report any associated dreams.
Dreams did not lead to better memory, but they are a sign that other parts of the brain are working to remember. Dreams, according to the research, are a side effect of that memory process.
Researchers suggested that it may be better to study hard right before you go to sleep than in the afternoon, or to take a nap after a period of intense afternoon study.