A new study at the University of California, Berkeley found that a nap increased the brain’s ability to learn and remember names and faces. The study tested volunteers on name and face recognition twice, once at noon and once at 6 pm. The subjects who napped between sessions raised their scores by 10% on average, the subjects who didn’t nap actually scored 10% lower, on average, on the second test. Sleep helps the brain “like a dry sponge, to absorb new information” according to Professor Mathew P. Walker, the lead investigator, quoted in the New York Times. “You need to sleep before learning, to prepare your brain.”
Take this to heart and if you can, take a break from your study routine and nap between learning sessions.