Taking Naps Can Help You Learn

by asamp1 on November 13, 2014 - 11:02am

         Students often feel uninspired and sluggish when doing coursework. According to a recent study performed by Matthew Walker, discussed in "Naps Clear the Mind, Help You Learn" by LiveScience Staff, it was suggested taking a daily nap can greatly help you retain information. The experiment involved thirty-nine adults who were randomly placed in a nap or non-nap group. First, both groups were presented a task at noon which challenged their hippocampus, which is the region of “the brain that helps store fact-based memories” ("Naps Clear the Mind”). Both groups performed evenly. Then two hours later, the experimental group took a ninety minute nap and control group stayed awake. Next, at 6:00 PM both groups were presented with new learning activities. The nap group did substantially better and actually improved their ability to learn. Therefore, it was concluded that naps help students learn and retain information. The experiment demonstrated that sleep moves short term memory to long term memory and prepares the brain for new information. To go along with the study, the article points out humans naturally sleep in short session, not for an extended time. Clearing memory occurs in step two non-REM sleep which explains “why humans spend at least half their sleeping hours” in that stage (“Naps Clear the Mind”).

          I believe these findings can transfer to success for many students. Instead of having to do something overly challenging in order to improve grades, students would be intrigued taking a nap to boost grades. Some might may argue finding a time for a nap in is impossible but there are probably gaps in their schedule which can be put to better use, replacing social media with a naps for example. The implications of this study could be far-reaching.  This could help adults perform their jobs better. Adults who are thinking clearly feel more control of their lives and lessen the chance of depression. Some other questions I feel can be addressed are, a typical sleep cycle of a college student and how it can be adjusted? How much is too much napping? What are some obstacles that get in the way of napping? There are many other factors affecting information retention so it’s important to focus on other areas of your schooling as well, such as motivation and mindset.

 

Work Cited

 "Naps Clear the Mind, Help You Learn." LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 21 Feb. 2010. Web. 5 Nov. 2014.

 

 

 

Comments

I must say that your subject influenced me to read your post. It has always been something that I’ve been asking myself. Is it good to take naps? Your post gave examples, which were also good because they helped me understand a little more. I think and agree with you that it would be good to make students and adults take a nap in order to have better potential in their work. I never feel like I have the time to take a nap. Sometimes I finish school early and I still do not take the time to nap. Maybe I should try to make more time for naps especially if it is proven in a case study, that it could make it easier or better for my studies. I often feel like I could need a nap, so I must agree that we really should make an effort to nap. Like you mentioned, it is also a simpler way to improve our grades, it is a better solution than to take more challenging steps to achieve better grades. You mentioned also that it helps with depression; I would be guessing that it must help for other mental problems. I wonder what other problems it could solve? Just like you, I believe that it would be nice to know what is too much or not enough sleeping. It would be good because we could put an alarm and sleep for the exact time recommended. This post was in fact very interesting and informing!

This is a very interesting article. In almost all cases, college students are extremely tired as they have heavy amount of assignments to do, especially by the end of the semester. As a student, I surely can relate to this situation and indeed, naps may have positive effects on me. If I try to work while I am feeling exhausted, I will have difficulty to concentrate and therefore, I may not be able to do my work as efficiently as it could be. Therefore, I began to include nap time in my schedule in order to be more efficient while working, and it might sounds foolish but it works. By feeling more awake, I am able to put more efforts in what I am doing, my assignments are better done as they tend to be clearer.

What got me interested to read your post was your title that kind of reached out to me. It's been a long time since I ask myself if naps Could really help students with studying outside school. As a Student , it is been since the beginning of cegep, I need to take naps when I am coming home from school to try to take a break from all the information I have been receiving all day long in my classes. In fact, when I do not take naps when I am exhausted after school, I feel like I have a hard time concentrate and focusing on my studies and sometimes I cannot even finish what I would usually do . Therefore, I was not surprise when you mentioned that the conclusion of the experiment did help students in the academic performance at school, because I found myself that this technique is really effective for myself as well. Furthermore, I made a research on napping and I found a really interesting article that shows the benefits of napping during the day. Some of the points you have been discussed in your text are already mentioned, but there is also interesting additional information.
Here is the link to the article: http://michaelhyatt.com/why-you-should-take-a-nap-every-day.html

First of all, I want to say that your article was very interesting to read! I first thought I would be interested to read your article because I was curious to see if naps could really have a positive effect on studying and learning, and it turns out that yes! Since I am working and have a lot of activities outside of school, I do not always have a lot of time to do homework and study, and I was glad to hear a way to help me increase my productivity and my learning abilities. As is said, even though I have a busy schedule, knowing that sleeping and taking naps could help me is making me rethink how I spend my free time and instead of being on social medias for example, I could manage my time better and try to do small naps. As I was very interested by your findings, I did some research myself to see if there was more research that had been made on the topic, and I found another very interesting article that also claims that sleeping before trying to learn something actually helps us remember it. The reason for that is that dreams boost learning, so therefore taking a nap before studying would help us retain more the information. Also, the article adds information to that topic by stating that as the day goes on, our learning ability decreases, so the naps become even more important if you are trying to study at night. If you are interested to read more about this article, here is the link: http://www.livescience.com/13125-sleep-naps-boost-memory.html

First of all, I want to say that your article was very interesting to read! I first thought I would be interested to read your article because I was curious to see if naps could really have a positive effect on studying and learning, and it turns out that yes! Since I am working and have a lot of activities outside of school, I do not always have a lot of time to do homework and study, and I was glad to hear a way to help me increase my productivity and my learning abilities. As is said, even though I have a busy schedule, knowing that sleeping and taking naps could help me is making me rethink how I spend my free time and instead of being on social medias for example, I could manage my time better and try to do small naps. As I was very interested by your findings, I did some research myself to see if there was more research that had been made on the topic, and I found another very interesting article that also claims that sleeping before trying to learn something actually helps us remember it. The reason for that is that dreams boost learning, so therefore taking a nap before studying would help us retain more the information. Also, the article adds information to that topic by stating that as the day goes on, our learning ability decreases, so the naps become even more important if you are trying to study at night. If you are interested to read more about this article, here is the link: http://www.livescience.com/13125-sleep-naps-boost-memory.html

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