According to historians, German-American theoretical physicist Albert Einstein took frequent naps. (Einstein was a napper.)
Einstein may or may not have known it was good for him but new research out from the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, found that there are many mental benefits from taking a midday nap.
U.S. psychologist Matthew P.Walker was the study's lead researcher.
Dr. Walker, of the UCB Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory, stated, 'Sleep not only rights the wrong of prolonged wakefulness but ... it moves you beyond where you were before you took a nap.' [FoxNews (2.22.10): 'Taking an afternoon nap makes you smarter, study finds']
Walker presented the conclusions of the study on Sunday, February 21, at the 2010 Annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference held between February 18 and 22, 2010, in San Diego, California.
Dr. Walker stated at the conference, "Sleep not only rights the wrong of prolonged wakefulness, but, at a neurocognitive level, it moves you beyond where you were before you took a nap." [BBC News (2-21-10): 'Nap 'boosts' brain learning power']
Page two continues with more comments from Dr. Walker.