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A Siesta

Flaming June by Frederic Leighton

The benefits of a Siesta . . .

(Newser) – Taking a nap after lunch helps the brain “reset” and prepare to assimilate new information, researchers say. “It’s as though the e-mail inbox in your hippocampus is full and, until you sleep and clear out those fact e-mails, you’re not going to receive any more mail,” says the author of a new study. “It’s just going to bounce until you sleep and move it into another folder.”

“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,” said study author Matthew Walker, a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley.