Here’s one to share with the boss — a new study has found that short naps through the day can actually improve your performance.
A short nap of less than an hour can significantly improve your memory function, according to a new study conducted by Sara Studte at Saarland University.
The study, published in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, found that short naps have positive effects on memory recall. The study’s 41 participants were shown multiple pairs of random, unrelated words (like “milk taxi”); they were then tested to determine how much information they could remember.
After that, half of the participants then took a nap, while the other half watched a DVD for 30 minutes.
The participants were then re-tested, which proved that those who had taken a nap remembered substantially more word pairs than those who had watched a DVD.
“Even a short sleep lasting 45 to 60 minutes produces a five-fold improvement in information retrieval from memory,” Studte’s PhD supervisor, Professor Alex Mecklinger, explains in a media release.
Professor Mecklinger says the research team has drawn a clear conclusion from its study.
“A short nap at the office or in school is enough to significantly improve learning success,” he says. “Wherever people are in a learning environment, we should think seriously about the positive effects of sleep.”
While your boss is unlikely to give you the choice of watching a DVD or having a power nap this afternoon, at least now you know which choice you should make in that situation, right?