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September 02, 2005

Afternoon Nap Helps Grades

A recent study carried out among high schoolers has found that a brief afternoon nap helps concentration and improves grades, according to The study was carried out by an assistant professor at the medical school of Kurume University in Fukuoka Prefecture, with about 1,000 students at a local high school taking part. In May, students filled out a questionnaire on their sleeping habits. 61% said they didn't get enough sleep on weekdays and 88% said they fell asleep or felt very sleepy during afternoon classes. Over te course of 40 days, students were encouraged to take a 15-minute nap during their 45-minute lunch break. The school even piped Mozart into the classromms to help them sleep. Following the 40 days students filled in another questionnaire. Of the 208 students who took a nap at least once a week, about 60% said they felt able to concentrate or inclined to study. Of the 744 students who studied or played during lunch break, the figure was around 40%. The number of students who felt their ability to study or actual grades had improved was also similarly higher among those who had taken naps.
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