There are two types of people in the world: Those who love power naps, and those who don’t know it yet.
Simply by virtue of our daily experience, it’s generally understood that taking short breaks and/or cat naps is an effective way to help our minds tackle new ideas and absorb new information.
In fact, as teachers and parents know, telling a frustrated child to ‘take a break’ is well-worn technique for helping them achieve success when they are learning something new.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any good reasons for why short breaks work … and herein lies the problem.
When we don’t know precisely why something works, we may be less inclined to believe and/or use it.
In my latest From Theory to Practice video, I explore a piece of research that can fix this problem by helping us better understand (from a mechanistic standpoint) why short breaks and naps are so beneficial to learning:
Consolidation of Human Skill Linked To Hippocampo-Neocortical Replay (Ethan R. Buch et al)
Here are some of the questions I tackle in this installment: