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Babies Who Nap Regularly ‘Have Better Memories and Learn Faster’

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People spend more time asleep as babies than at any other time in their lives. Yet researchers know very little about the function of sleep in our mental, psychological and physical development.

But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, UK found that babies who slept within four hours of learning could retain more of what they learned compared to those who didn’t sleep at all or napped for less than 30 minutes.

“Those who sleep after learning learn well, those not sleeping don’t learn at all,” said Dr Jane Herbert of the University of Sheffield. In fact, she said that the findings of the study reveal that it “may be the events just before sleep that are most important”.

Source: BBC News

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