Do this happen to you in the afternoon you start getting tired and losing focus? Sometimes you may even find yourself starting to nod off. There are chances you need a good afternoon nap.
Napping assists to leave your brain’s temporary storage space so that your mind is ready to receive and preserve the new information, according to researchers in the US. This study was led by Dr. Matthew Walker, who is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California.
The researchers suggest that the nap that lasts around an hour can revive the mind and reinstate brain power and may even make you smarter.
“Sleep not only rights the wrong of prolonged wakefulness but, at a neurocognitive level, it moves you beyond where you were before you took a nap.”
Napping and creativity:
The recent research, presented at an annual meeting of neuroscientists, showed that while resting the right side of the brain was encouraged while the left hemisphere remained comparatively quiet. To attain these findings researchers monitored the brain’s activity of 15 at-rest individuals. The area of the brain’s right side associated with creativity.
The studies’ author Andrei Medvedev, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging says that: “The right side of the brain was better integrated.”
It thought that the right hemisphere of the brain linked to creative tasks, such as thinking and visualizing about the broader picture. And the believe is that the left side of the brain is related to being more analytic and focused on numbers and language.
Medvedev suggests that the right brain is “cleaning up” and consolidate memories when one takes a nap.