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