On the heels of doctor's orders, I thought I'd share this article on napping. I enjoyed the article - but noted that some theories and/or strategies simply don't apply. For those of us who rely on upwards of an hour nap to fight lupus-induced fatigue, the theory that a 10-minute nap is ideal just won't work. But there are still some interesting take aways, including the selection I've pasted below, showing that an hour nap is ideal for memory and learning. Read that snippet below, and you can read the entire article here.
In a 2012 study in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, researchers split 36 college-aged students into three groups. Each group learned a memory task, pairing words on a screen with a sound. Afterward, one group had 60 minutes to nap, another 10 minutes. The final group didn't sleep.
Upon retesting, the napping groups fared better, as expected, said Sara Alger, lead author of the study and a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame.
More interesting, she noted, was that on further testing, including a week later, the 60-minute group performed far better than the 10-minute group, which now performed as poorly as the non-napping group. The researchers concluded that slow-wave sleep—only experienced by the 60-minute nappers—is necessary for memory consolidation.