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Sleep study shows short naps can improve memory

A new study has found that a nap of less than an hour has a positive effect on a person's memory recall. 

The study, conducted by postgraduate student Sara Studte at Saarland University and published in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, discovered rather than distracting you from your task, a short nap can actually improve memory function.

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The participants of the study were shown multiple pairs of unrelated words, such as "milk taxi". Half of the participants then took a nap, while the other half spent 30 minutes watching a DVD. When the participants were tested again, those who took a nap were able to remember the words as accurately as they could immediately after they learnt them, while those who watched a DVD remembered fewer of the pairs.

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