There are a lot of things that happen during your toddler years that you take for granted. I mean, now that you are out there in the adult world, wouldn’t it be great if someone cooked all of your food for you? Or if it was totally normal if you crapped your pants? In my mind, though, there is really one thing from my infancy that I wish I could bring back to adulthood: the mid-afternoon nap. And now there is some research that I may be able to use to convince my boss to let me take a midday siesta.
In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers looked at the sleeping patterns of 3,000 Chinese adults who were over age 65, 60% of whom napped after lunch for between 30 and 90 minutes. Those who had taken a nap for an hour did better on a series of mental tests, include memorization and basic math problems, then both those who did not take a nap and those who took shorter or longer naps.
In fact, according to The New York Post,
“People who took no naps, short naps, or longer naps experienced a decrease in their mental ability that was four to six times greater than those who took hour-long naps.”
No small difference, my friends. So go ahead and send this to your boss along with a request for an extra hour after lunch to get in a little shut eye. .
[via New York Post]
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