Do you take naps? If you do it turns out you may be smarter than you think and not lazy at all!
In a recent study by researchers at the University of California at Berkley it was discovered that an afternoon nap could actually make you smart.
As it turns out we get up in the morning and begin to work and presumptively we are thinking. Through the morning we use our memory. What the researchers have found is our short-term memory builds up and as a result it sort of “clogs up.” We actually go on overload. Our brains become sluggish and we cannot concentrate as well as we did at the beginning of the day.
What the Berkley researchers have found out is that the short term memory has become overloaded. If you are like me around one or one-thirty in the afternoon you get very sleepy and want to nod off. The researchers at the University of California, Berkley suggest you do exactly that, take a nap.
In the study thirty nine people were divided into two groups, “nap” and “no nap.” Those who took a nap did so for ninety minutes starting at two in the afternoon. The other group was forced to stay awake. At six in the evening both groups were given a series of studies and those who napped did markedly better. Now the researchers believe the sleep clears the brain’s short term memory storage. They compare it to your e-mail and if you do not clear out your e-mail your computer slows down. Another by-product of napping, and I believe every husband should tell his wife this, is it dramatically reduces the risk of fatal heart attack if you take a nap. Therefore it is very important to men and women to take a nap. It not only extends their ability to learn but it extends their ability to live.
Here are some tips you can use in your nap quest:
The best nap time is between one and three in the afternoon. Most people experience a natural dip in their energy at this time. Next, it is important to get comfortable in a chair or couch. I happen to work at home so my preference is a bed. One thing I found interesting is that it is important to use a light blanket because your body temperature does fall when you sleep.
A nap in the afternoon comes from the siesta that started presumptively in Rome. It was designed as a mid-day break for people to be with their families. Later in Latin America countries and Spain it helped protect people from the sun and break up long hours of work.
Hopefully you will nap easier now that you see it is quite legitimate!
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