Scientists say it is imperative to take a nap when it comes to dealing with stressful work. According to Sara Mednick, a sleep researcher at the University of California, you can easily improve creativity and perform better just by taking a nap. “What’s amazing is that in a 90-minute nap, you can get the same learning benefits as an eight-hour sleep period,” Mednick said in an interview. She even found out that people who took a nap performed better than those who consumed caffeine or were given placebos. In addition, naps can even improve your memory. When Axel Mecklinger, a German psychologist at Saarland University, presented meaningless words to his participants, people who took a 90-minute nap remembered significantly more words than the others. In order to take a nap effectively, experts say you need to consider your sleep schedule. Depending on what time you wake up, your nap schedule will differ. For instance, if you woke up at 9 a.m., you shouldn’t nap until 3 p.m. The best time to take a nap is nine hours after waking up.
Steve Kim Staff Reporter
1. According to Sara Mednick, what can be improved from napping?
2. What did Axel Mecklinger's study show?
3. Accordingg to experts, what must be done to take a nap effectively?
1. How often do you nap?
2. Did you know napping had so many benefits?
3. Why do you think napping is generally discouraged by society when it has so many benefits?
4. Do you think people should be encouraged to take naps?