When I lived in Italy, we went to school until 12:30 then returned home for 2 hours for lunch and a nap. Afterward we went back to study until 6:00. At the time I was astounded at how much more Italian high school students learned compared to American students. New research shows that the napping might have something to do with it.
A University of California, Berkeley study took 39 healthy adults and studied their ability to learn and memorize with or without naps. The participants who napped between learning sessions (for 90 minutes) improved their own scores by 10 percent while their non-napping counterparts saw scores dropping by 10 percent. Continue reading Sleep and Learning: More sleep means less study needed