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Could a Cheeky Nap Be Linked to a Healthier Brain As We Age?

Updated: Jun 28, 2023




It’s here the study we have all been dreaming of (no pun intended). Hero researchers from UCL and the University of the Republic in Uruguay, may have uncovered a surprising connection between regular daytime napping and a healthier, more voluminous brain as we age.


Brain volume serves as an indicator of lowered risks of diseases such as dementia, making this finding particularly intriguing. The study employed a technique known as Mendelian randomization, which examines specific DNA markers associated with individuals' propensity for daytime napping.


Drawing from a sample size of 378,932 participants in the UK Biobank study, the researchers discovered that individuals genetically predisposed to nap were more likely to have larger brain volumes.


This study holds significant promise, although further research is necessary to explore the broader impacts of daytime napping on brain health and function.


Considering the mounting evidence supporting the benefits of daytime napping for brain health, one must contemplate the potential influence on the fabric of our society.

Could this research prompt corporations and school systems to incorporate a siesta-esque routine into their schedules, fostering better brain health for their employees and students alike?


As we eagerly await further investigation into this intriguing topic, it's evident that the implications of incorporating daytime napping into our daily lives could be transformative.



Josh P

Co-Founder of R.D.A Strength Systems





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