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Oh what could be more refreshing than some research that tells me that it is not just OK, but actually good to fall asleep at work?

Well, I see some really great research being done and here it is for you all to read:

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Falling asleep on the job can improve your memory

Mon, Mar 24 11:32 AM

Hamburg, March 24 (DPA) Falling asleep on the job for a few minutes can improve your memory and mental performance, according to a team of German researchers.

Olaf Lahl at the University of Dusseldorf, Germany, has shown that simply falling asleep does more than refresh the brain – it can improve recall and mental efficiency.

In fact, a six-minute nap can have the same effect as night-time sleep on memory.

Lahl’s team asked students to memorise a list of vocabulary and tested their ability to recall the list after an hour of playing solitaire.

Volunteers were asked to remember a list of 30 words. They were then given an hour’s break before the memory test. During the break, some volunteers were allowed to nap for six minutes, while others had to stay awake.

The researchers found that those who had been allowed to nap displayed ‘superior recall’ in the memory test compared to those who stayed awake.

The researchers said this was the first time that a very brief sleep has been shown to improve memory.

‘To our knowledge, this demonstrates for the first time that an ultra-brief sleep episode provides an effective memory enhancement,’ Lahl wrote in the Journal of Sleep Research.

His researchers found that it was possible that falling asleep triggered a process in the brain that continued regardless of how long the person stayed asleep.

‘It seems much more is happening during the initialisation of sleep than we once thought,’ Lahl said.

‘Maybe much of sleep’s functional aspects are accomplished at its very beginning,’ he writes in the article.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted March 25, 2008 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    Hi Asma, it is good to read this post.

    I knew it somehow, but this is an writing presenting of what I think it is, its great.

    for modern ppl, we are working long hours, napping in the middle of day could help us in continuing the day until the end.

    Chinese says “I rest because I wanted to continue working on what I am doing now.”

    Cheers

  2. basimamin
    Posted March 26, 2008 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    I think our formula here will give HARRY LORRAINE a tough time 🙂

    I could never work or study for extended periods of time so i always took (welcome) breaks…a lot of them … in between.
    Didn`t improve my memory though, coz i never slept… (should have read your post earlier i guess)
    But it always helped to keep up the intensity. Every single time!

  3. faisal
    Posted April 10, 2008 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    just a question what happens to insomniac????

  4. Arsh
    Posted September 17, 2008 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    i sleepless from last 10 years
    hardly one hour or less in 24 hours
    American doctor said its impossible sick man return his fee
    No one belive me
    what asick world