"Regular naps are 'key to learning'"

Is the title of a BBC news article reporting on research conducted by Dr Jane Herbert at the University of Sheffield. Dr Herbert's research shows that napping after learning a new task improves memory for that task in children up to 12 months old. 

The research taught infants aged between 6 and 12 months 3 new tasks that were played with hand puppets. Following this some infants slept, some had a brief nap and a final group did not sleep at all. 

The experiment

The results showed that those who had slept successfully repeated more tasks than those who did not sleep or napped briefly. The results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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