An Hour’s Nap Makes You Smarter, Boosts Brain Power

An Hour’s Nap Makes You Smarter, Boosts Brain PowerA new study from the University of California on Monday revealed that an hour's nap during a day can dramatically boost and restore brain power.

The study, from the department of psychology at UC Berkeley, claims that taking a brief siesta not only refreshes the mind, but can also make you smarter.

"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", quoted Matthew Walker, the study's lead investigator.

The research is reported to involve 39 healthy adults, who were presented at a conference.

A UK-based sleep expert revealed that it was difficult to separate the pure "memory boosting" effects of sleep from those of simply being less tired.

In addition, it is reported that walker and his team will initiate an investigation to know whether the reduction of sleep reported by people as they get older is linked to the documented reduction in our ability to learn as we grow.

The findings come as other reports cited a study which linked insomnia and sleep deprivation to the shrinking of grey matter in the brain.

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