Naps really do boost your brain power

Summary:How do naps affect your brain? Here's a compilation of studies that suggest you should take a nap today. Also, four simple steps to getting the most out of it.

Brain imaging has shown that when you’re napping, the left side of your brain takes time off to relax, while the right side clears out your temporary storage areas, pushes information into long-term storage, and solidifies your memories from the day.

Buffer compiled a list of studies that more or less say: take a nap today.

To get the most from your nap (and not wake up groggy and disoriented): learn how long it takes for you to fall asleep, avoid sleep inertia by not sleeping too long, choose the right time of day (when your energy levels are naturally decreased), and practice.

[Buffer via Fast Company]

Image: GollyGforce via Flickr

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation

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Janet Fang has written for Nature, Discover and the Point Reyes Light. She is currently a lab technician at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. She holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter.

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