Naps Can Seriously Improve All-Day Learning Abilities

Taking a 90-minute nap the day of a test or presentation sounds like a ludicrous luxury. But a recent study on the brain’s ability to recall facts found that napping at noon could mean a lot more brain power at 6 p.m.

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Presenting at this year’s meeting of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS), University of California Berkeley researchers revealed the results of testing “39 healthy young adults” on recalling facts they had learned that same day.

At noon, all the participants were subjected to a rigorous learning task intended to tax the hippocampus, a region of the brain that helps store fact-based memories. Both groups performed at comparable levels.

At 2 p.m., the nap group took a 90-minute siesta while the no-nap group stayed awake. Later that day, at 6 p.m., participants performed a new round of learning exercises. Those who remained awake throughout the day became worse at learning. In contrast, those who napped did markedly better and actually improved in their capacity to learn.

It’s not the first time, or the second, that we’ve seen naps and memory functions tied together. But each study has its participants trying out slightly different tasks, and this study suggests that if you’re trying to cram in facts you need to recall later, a same-day nap before your last-minute cram might be more helpful than powering through your day with nervous energy.

It also suggests that the brain uses a sleep state between light sleep and deep REM phases to pull a kind of soft reset on the brain’s memory recall powers, so a fear that you can’t let yourself sleep “too deeply” in a nap seems unfounded.

Need help getting yourself to drop into that mind-wiping state? Try our favorite cheat sheet for nappingThanks for the tip Annalee!

A midday nap markedly boosts the brain’s learning capacity [EurekAlert]

Originally posted by Kevin Purdy, the author of this post, at kevin@lifehacker.com.

Marriage-Opinion by Kids

  1. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?
    You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. — Alan, age 10

    No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with  — Kristen, age 10
  2. WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
    Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. — Camille, age 10

  3. HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF 2 PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
    You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. — Derrick, age 8

  4. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
    Both don’t want any more kids. — Lori, age 8

  5. WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
    Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. Lynnette, age 8 (isn’t she a treasure)

    On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. — Martin, age 10

  6. WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
    When they’re rich. Pam, age 7

    The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that. — Curt, age 7

    The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do. — Howard, age 8

  7. IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
    It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. Anita, age 9 (bless you child )

  8. HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?
    There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there? Kelvin, age 8

    And the #1 Favorite is ……..

  9. HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?
    Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck. Ricky , age 10

I got this from a friend of mine and I thought I must share this opinion and thought process by kid about marriage. Hope you enjoyed reading it…if so share with your friend — You use the links below or you tweets this to your friends.

Be Happy

I’ll be happy when…

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are. After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, when we are able to go on a nice vacation or when we retire. The truth is there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges.

It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with … and remember that time waits for no one.

So, stop waiting …

  • Until your car or home is paid off.
  • Until you get a new car or home.
  • Until your kids leave the house.
  • Until you go back to school.
  • Until you finish school.
  • Until you lose 10 lbs.
  • Until you gain 10 lbs.
  • Until you get married.
  • Until you get a divorce.
  • Until you have kids.
  • Until you retire.
  • Until summer..
  • Until spring.
  • Until winter.
  • Until fall.
  • Until you die.

There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. So work like you don’t need money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and, dance like no one’s watching.

If you want to brighten someone’s day, pass this on to someone special. I just did by posting it here for you and Be Happy!

Appreciate Your Mom

When you came into the world, she held you in her arms
You thanked her by wailing like a banshee.
When you were 1 year old, she fed you and bathed you.
You thanked her by crying all night long.
When you were 2 years old, she taught you to walk.
You thanked her by running away when she called.
When you were 3 years old, she made all your meals with love.
You thanked her by tossing your plate on the floor.
When you were 4 years old, she gave you some crayons.
You thanked her by coloring the dining room table.
When you were 5 years old, she dressed you for the holidays.
You thanked her by plopping into the nearest pile of mud.
When you were 6 years old, she walked you to school.
You thanked her by screaming, “I’M NOT GOING!”
When you were 7 years old, she bought you a baseball.
You thanked her by throwing it through the next-door-neighbor’s window.
When you were 8 years old, she handed you an ice cream.
You thanked her by dripping it all over your lap.
When you were 9 years old, she paid for piano lessons.
You thanked her by never even bothering to practice.
When you were 10 years old, she drove you all day, from soccer to gymnastics to one birthday party after another.
You thanked her by jumping out of the car and never looking back.
When you were 11 years old, she took you and your friends to the movies.
You thanked her by asking to sit in a different row.
When you were 12 years old, she warned you not to watch certain TV shows.
You thanked her by waiting until she left the house.

Those Teenage Years
When you were 13, she suggested some clothes that was becoming.
You thanked her by telling her she had no taste.
When you were 14, she paid for a month away at summer camp.
You thanked her by forgetting to write a single letter.
When you were 15, she came home from work, looking for a hug.
You thanked her by having your bedroom door locked.
When you were 16, she taught you how to driver her car.
You thanked her by taking it every chance you could.
When you were 17, she was expecting an important call.
You thanked her by being on the phone all night.
When you were 18, she cried at your high school graduation.
You thanked her by staying out partying until dawn.

Growing Old And Gray
When you were 19, she paid for your college tuition, drove you to campus, carried your bags.
You thanked her by saying good-bye outside the dorm so you wouldn’t be embarrassed in front of your friends.
When you were 20, she asked whether you were seeing anyone.
You thanked her by saying, “It’s none of your business.”
When you were 21, she suggested certain careers for your future.
You thanked her by saying, “I don’t want to be like you.”
When you were 22, she hugged you at your college graduation.
You thanked her by asking whether she could pay for a trip to Europe.
When you were 23, she gave you furniture for your first apartment.
You thanked her by telling your friends it was ugly.
When you were 24, she met your fiancé and asked about your plans for the future.
You thanked her by glaring and growling, “Muuhh-ther, please!”
When you were 25, she helped to pay for your wedding, and she cried and told you how deeply she loved you.
You thanked her by moving halfway across the country.
When you were 30, she called with some advice on the baby.
You thanked her by telling her, “Things are different now.”
When you were 40, she called to remind you of an relative’s birthday.
You thanked her by saying you were “really busy right now.”
When you were 50, she fell ill and needed you to take care of her.
You thanked her by reading about the burden parents become to their children.

And then, one day, she quietly died. And everything you never did came crashing down like thunder. “Rock me baby, rock me all night long.” “The hand who rocks the cradle…may rock the world”.

Let us take a moment of the time just to pay tribute/show appreciation to the person called MOM though some may not say it openly to their mother. There’s no substitute for her. Cherished every single moment. Though at times she may not be the best of friends, may not agree to our thoughts, she is still your mother!!! She will be there for you…to listen to your woes, your bragging, your frustrations, etc. Ask yourself…..have you put aside enough time for her, to listen to her “blues” of working in the kitchen, her tiredness??? Be tactful, loving and still show her due respect though you may have a different view from hers. Once gone, only fond memories of the past and also regrets will be left.

**DON’T TAKE FOR GRANTED THE THINGS CLOSEST TO YOUR HEART. CLING TO THEM AS U WOULD YOUR LIFE, FOR WITHOUT THEM, LIFE IS MEANINGLESS

10 Simple Ways to Control Stress

  1. Control Your Anger
    Watch for the next instance in which you find yourself becoming annoyed or angry at something trivial or unimportant, then practice letting go – make a conscious choice not to become angry or upset. Do not allow yourself to waste thought and energy where it isn’t deserved. Effective anger management is a tried-and-true stress reducer.
  2. Breathe
    Breathe slowly and deeply. Before reacting to the next stressful occurrence, take three deep breaths and release them slowly. If you have a few minutes, try out breathing exercises such as meditation or guided imagery.

  3. Slow Down
    Whenever you feel overwhelmed by stress, practice speaking more slowly than usual. You’ll find that you think more clearly and react more reasonably to stressful situations. Stressed people tend to speak fast and breathlessly; by slowing down your speech you’ll also appear less anxious and more in control of any situation.

  4. Complete One Simple To Do
    Jump start an effective time management strategy. Choose one simple thing you have been putting off (e.g. returning a phone call, making a doctor’s appointment) and do it immediately. Just taking care of one nagging responsibility can be energizing and can improve your attitude.

  5. Get Some Fresh Air
    Get outdoors for a brief break. Our grandparents were right about the healing power of fresh air. Don’t be deterred by foul weather or a full schedule. Even five minutes on a balcony or terrace can be rejuvenating.

  6. Avoid Hunger and Dehydration
    Drink plenty of water and eat small, nutritious snacks. Hunger and dehydration, even before you’re aware of them, can provoke aggressiveness and exacerbate feelings of anxiety and stress.
  7. Do a Quick Posture Check
    Hold your head and shoulders upright and avoid stooping or slumping. Bad posture can lead to muscle tension, pain, and increased stress.
  8. Recharge at the Day’s End
    Plan something rewarding for the end of your stressful day, even if only a relaxing bath or half an hour with a good book. Put aside work, housekeeping or family concerns for a brief period before bedtime and allow yourself to fully relax. Don’t spend this time planning tomorrow’s schedule or doing chores you didn’t get around to during the day. Remember that you need time to recharge and energize yourself – you’ll be much better prepared to face another stressful day.

  9. Now that you are Stress Free
    You are creative enough to help every one else in this world, how to get rid of stress…. I would like add your ideas here.

Romantic Gestures-Everyday is a Valentines Day

Need a smooth idea for Valentines Day? Try one of these easy romantic gestures:
  1. Read to her
    A female’s brain is an important erogenous zone, so spend some time turning it on by reading to her. It may seem mundane, but a book club for two is intimate and sweet, especially if you find a novel she loves.
  2. Make breakfast in bed
    Romance is about lying about and eating grapes, not bounding out of bed each day on a tear to be productive. So get some grapes, some mimosas, a couple croissants and make a plan to spill on the sheets. Listen to talk radio and cuddle until the early afternoon.
  3. Plan a surprise trip to a nearby destination
    Women loved to be whisked away on a romantic overnight, even if it’s to the next town. Book a hotel room, grab some wine, and pick out a collection of brochures for local tourist-traps. You’ll giggle and roll your eyes and have a ball.
  4. Send her a handwritten note
    We’re so used to getting junk and bills in our mailboxes these days that a real letter is a significant pleasure. Skip the short e-mails and pretend you’re a 19th century aristocrat with time on his hands. Write an ode to her beauty or describe a fond memory.
  5. Design a sexy scavenger hunt
    Bring some adventure into her life with a creative scavenger hunt that sends her all over the house, neighborhood, or town. If you want to really impress, make each clue a cheesy poem. The destination for your scavenger hunt? Perhaps a fancy dinner or a yummy picnic.
  6. Make her life easier
    Sometimes the most appreciated romantic gesture in the world is something as simple as doing the laundry or picking up some much needed groceries. If your girlfriend is having a crazy week at work, she will swoon when you run a vacuum cleaner for her. These days, our knights-in-shining-armor don’t have to slay dragons…but it would be great if they could get our oil changed.
  7. Set it to music
    Even if serenading isn’t your strong suit, you can make her smile by dancing with her or putting together a collection of her favorite music. The “mixed tape” idea might remind her of middle school, but if you do a good job she’ll love it.
  8. Open a spa just for her
    Pamper your lady with a skillful massage and foot rub or brush her hair with a soft comb. Have a bubble bath ready for her and some freshly washed towels. All the day’s stress will wash down the drain in no time.
  9. Go public with your love
    No, we’re not talking about a football game jumbo-tron declaration, but showing up at her workplace with flowers or posting a series of sweet signs on the route of her morning run would surely surprise and impress her. By taking your romantic sentiments public, you show her that you want the world to know she’s the one for you. Now that’s a powerful aphrodisiac.
  10. Start early
    Send a few emails -speak your heart out add small nice icons like shown, you can get more like this from IconPedia
  11. Think Creatively, your idea might be best one…
    IF you like to share it with everyone, we welcome it.

Time is a Treasure

imagineImagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no such balance, and every evening cancels, whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.
What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course! Well, everyone has such a bank.  Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day.  If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow”.
You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success. The clock is running.
Make the most of TODAY.
  • To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who has failed a grade.
  • To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a pre-mature baby.
  • To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
  • To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask a daily wage laborer who has kids to feed.
  • To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
  • To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who has missed the train.
  • To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who has avoided an accident.
  • To realize the value of ONE MILLI-SECOND, ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.
Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time…. and remember that time waits for no one……
Yesterday is history…..
Tomorrow a mystery……
Today is a gift. That is why it is called the Present.

5 Rules to be Happy

  1. Free your heart from hatred,
  2. Free your mind from worry,
  3. Live simply,
  4. Expect less
  5. Give more
  • The real test of true love is having all the things go wrong but still having a special way to love despite all the wrong things that may happen.
  • Always take a CHANCE. The end result may not always be what you hoped for but that’s fine… At least, you will never go through life wondering
    “What if… and If only….”
  • Hold a friend’s hand through times of trial, let him/her find love through a hug and a smile… But also know when it is time to let go, for each and everyone of us must learn to grow.
  • Love is not a word to say when we feel guilty nor the right word to say when we like a person… But LOVE really matters when we share our thoughts, our minds and our hearts.
  • A soul mate is someone who brings out the best in you… They are not perfect but is always perfect for you.
  • Never whisper words of love if the feeling is not true…Never share your feeling if you mean to break a heart… Never look into the eyes if all you have to do is lie… and never say hello if you really mean goodbye…
  • Genuine friendship is not measured by time… but is measured by acceptance… A friend is one who even though you reflect the silver, he/she sees the GOLD.
  • Keep smiling, and …if you see someone’s missing one….give them one of yours!!