Can a post lunch nap improve brain function?

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Findings from a new study suggest taking a nap after lunch improves thinking and memory in older adults.

As part of the research, scientists studied data relating to almost 3,000 Chinese adults aged 65 and older to examine the associations between self-reported post-lunch napping and structured cognitive assessments. Almost 58 per cent of participants reported napping for a mean of 63 minutes.

The researchers found cognitive function was significantly improved with napping. Moderate nappers, defined as those who napped for 30 to 90 minutes, had better cognition than non-nappers, short or extended nappe...