Study shows the benefits of an afternoon nap for memory retention

Give your brain a break with a bit of shuteye.

We all know the benefits of getting a good night's sleep. In addition to the energy eight hours of shut-eye gives you to take on the next day with gusto, getting the sleep you need has also been linked to better weight management and improved health overall. Now, a study has indicated that giving yourself bit of a break during the day can also be a boon for the brain.

Recently, a team of psychologists from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst sought to investigate the mental benefits of naptime, particularly among young children. According to a press release, 40 young children were recruited to take part in the study. The kids were shown a grid of images early on in the school day, and were then asked to recall the pictures and their locations. A selection of the children took a nap in the afternoon, while another did not.

On the same day, the scientists reportedly didn't see a difference in the memories of children from both groups. However, kids who took a nap the next day as well did show substantial improvement in their recollection ability.

"When they miss a nap, the child cannot recover this benefit of sleep with their overnight sleep. It seems that there is an additional benefit of having the sleep occur in close proximity to the learning," Dr. Rebecca Spence, a lead author of the study, said of this discovery.

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