How useful is a nap to aid learning in sleep-restricted adolescents?

Takeaway

  • Under sleep restricted conditions, taking a nap can improve hippocampal function in adolescents.

Why this matters

  • Hippocampal-dependent topographical memory function, important in learning, is impaired by even relatively mild sleep restriction, but this can be recovered by splitting the total amount of sleep across a nocturnal period and a daytime nap.