Ep 225: What’s Best for Memory – Coffee or a Nap – or Both?

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You may have been heard that taking a nap or going to sleep after you learn something helps you to retain it (which is true), but you may also have heard that drinking coffee helps your memory. So which is it? How can you drink coffee AND take a nap? Well, apparently you can get the benefit of both – if you do it right. In this episode we not only learn about the so-called “students’ coffee” but we learn about the “coffee nap”. If you do it just right you can get some great memory boosts.

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Effective Study Practices, Coffee and Naps

  • My episode on the most effective study techniques
  • The Coffitivity Website
  • Mehta, R., Zhu, R. (., & Cheema, A. (2012). Is Noise Always Bad? Exploring the Effects of Ambient Noise on Creative Cognition. Journal of Consumer Research, 39(4), 784-799. doi:10.1086/665048
  • Caffeine can help jolt your memory
  • …there is no magic in taking caffeine five minutes after something that occurs that you need to remember. “Before or between or after or during, it would all work,” he said. “The only thing I would say is don’t drink caffeine to pull an all-nighter. Sleep is really good for memory, but if you are going to drink coffee to stay up you won’t get the boost from either one.” – Caffeine can help jolt…

  • The Science Behind What Naps Do For Your Brain and Why You Should Have One Today
  • Naps have been shown to benefit the learning process, helping us take in and retain information better….After memorizing a set of cards, they had a 40-minute break wherein one group napped, and the other stayed awake. After the break, both groups were tested on their memory of the cards, and the group who had napped performed better:….Research indicates that when memory is first recorded in the brain–in the hippocampus, to be specific–it’s still “fragile” and easily forgotten, especially if the brain is asked to memorize more things. Napping, it seems, pushes memories to the neocortex, the brain’s “more permanent storage,” preventing them from being “overwritten.” – The Science Behind…

  • Coffee Napping: The #1 Way to Amp Up Your Midday Productivity
  • Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone
  • Caffeine Improves Long-Term Memory When Consumed After Learning
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