Study: An Hour Nap Could Boost Brain Power

Catching 40 winks could help boost brain activityAlthough an alkaline diet filled with fruits, vegetables and whole grains may help boost brain function, a new study is suggesting that a quick nap may also do a world of good in terms of retention and productivity.

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have indicated that taking an hour nap can help boost and restore brain power that could have been lost throughout the day.

Approximately 39 participants were split into two groups, one that napped and one that didn’t. At noon, the participants had to take learning tests. Researchers found that both groups performed at similar levels. At 2 pm, the napping group took a 90-minute snooze, while the other group worked through the time. When a similar test was given at 6 pm, the napping group performed better than the awake group.

“Sleep not only rights the wrong of prolonged wakefulness but, at a neurocognitive level, it moves you beyond where you were before you took a nap,” said the study’s lead author, Matthew Walker, an assistant professor of psychology at UC Berkeley.ADNFCR-1960-ID-19630250-ADNFCR