Tensing your muscles can be key to a good afternoon nap by helping you drift into deeper sleep, research suggests
- April 17, 2022
- Katharine Simon, cog sci, Daily Mail, April 17, 2022
The team, from the University of California, Irvine and Princeton University in the US, studied 50 people as they lay down for a 1pm nap. Half followed a ten-minute recording of progressive muscle relaxation (PMR). The other half listened to ten minutes of Mozart music. Researchers found the two groups showed different sleeping brain rhythm patterns. Lead author [and UCI postdoctoral researcher of cognitive sciences] Katharine Simon said: ‘We found that those who engaged in PMR prior to sleep showed greater right-sided sleeping brain rhythm activity from the start – which we expect to see in more well-rested individuals.’
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