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Napping Improves Your Memory

Raise your hand if you're gearing up for a Thanksgiving food coma on the couch! While lying down after a huge meal doesn't help the digestion process, napping is good for your brain.

A recent study shows snoozing for a short time may help to boost your memory, and help you learn new tasks and ideas. It may also encourage creativity and the ability to see the big picture. Scientists have discovered that the "slow-wave sleep" that occurs in the beginning of a sleep session is more important than the REM, or dream sleep that occurs once you've been sleeping for a while. That means a power nap, even a short 12-minute nod can be beneficial to our bodies and to our brains. Happy napping!

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mtiger mtiger 8 years
I wish I could nap. It takes me so long to fall asleep. Even when napping, I would have to have at least an hour to even get to sleep!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
maybe this is something that i need to work on - seeing as how i have really bad short term memory. i think that if i take a few more naps during the week then there's a chance that i'll remember more things. we can hope right? just have to figure out how to get in a few minutes for a power nap.
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 8 years
Now I know why I have amazing memory.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 8 years
i never nap and have never rlly ''napped'' but my memory is amazing
Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 8 years
Tell that to my boss! I daydream of putting my head down on my desk for 20 minutes.
JessieSP JessieSP 8 years
Getting proper rest always makes you feel alot better. Therefore you think about better too and make good decisions.
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