Napping Boosts Learning Capacity by 20%, Research Shows

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Walker discusses a study where participants were divided into two groups and learned new information. One group took a 90-minute nap while the other stayed awake. The nap group’s learning capacity was restored, while the awake group’s declined by about 20%.

Further analysis revealed that non-REM sleep, particularly sleep spindles, predicted the restoration of learning ability. Walker compares the hippocampus to a USB stick that transfers memories to the cortex (the “hard drive”) during sleep, clearing space for new learning the next day.

In real-world applications, shifting school start times from 7:25 am to 8:30 am in Edna, Minnesota led to a significant increase in SAT scores among top-performing students. Huberman notes that later school start times also improve grades, decrease psychological problems and truancy rates, and even increase life expectancy by reducing car accidents among teenagers.

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