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Good news for the exam stress
Dr KK Aggarwal | 21 Feb 2012

New Delhi: Tuesday, 21 February, 2012: Quoting a study published in the journal Sleep, Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy Awardee Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India, said that a 45-minute midday nap can help boost the 'declarative memory' which applies to standard textbook learning and knowledge. Sleep appears to help 'set' these declarative memories and make them easier to recall.

New Delhi: Tuesday, 21 February, 2012:Quoting a study published in the journal Sleep, Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy Awardee Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India, said that a 45-minute midday nap can help boost the "declarative memory" which applies to standard textbook learning and knowledge. Sleep appears to help "set" these declarative memories and make them easier to recall.

 

Other type of memory is "procedural memory," which applies to skills and has no impact with the midday nap. Sleep appears to have an impact on what is learned well, but not so much when one is not motivated to learn.http://www.emedinews.org/press-release

 

For the study, 33 people were trained with certain declarative memory tasks. After the training, 16 took a non-REM nap, while 17 stayed awake and watched a movie. Later the same day, all the participants were tested. The tests included memorizing words, memorizing a maze and memorizing a complex line drawing.

 

The team found that over three very different declarative memory tasks, taking a nap improved performance compared with staying awake. However, napping only worked for people who had really learned the task well in the first place.

http://www.emedinews.org/press-release

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About the author: Padmashri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal is a Senior Consultant, Physician, Cardiologist at Delhi based Moolchand Medcity; President Heart Care Foundation of India; Chairman Ethical Committee Delhi Medical Council and has served as the Research and Academic Wing Heads of National Indian Medical Association.