Improve Memory with a Power Nap

Improve Memory with a Power Nap

You could improve memory skills with this brilliant little habit: power napping.

In a study, people who took a power nap after learning a new task performed 50 percent better than the non-nappers when they were later given a test on the task.

Power nap, total recall
The process of making memories is complicated. And new memories are the most fragile. But in the study, researchers discovered that nappers who got quality deep sleep (slow-wave sleep) during their naps learned new material much better compared with the sleep-deprived participants. Scientists think something about deep sleep helps new memories encode into higher brain regions where memories become more permanent.

Something about sleep
Getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night is a good health goal. It boosts your immune system, helps control stress levels and may even be essential in keeping your heart and other body parts healthy. And a power nap every now and then can be a good way to catch up on lost ZZZs—not only to improve memory and keep your mind sharp, but also to help you reach your immune-system-supporting, stress-reducing RealAge Optimum. And here is another trick to making more memories with your memory maker: Keep your noggin young with these six brain-friendly foods.

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