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Get enough sleep in order to perform well: this advice is not new, but a few college health officials recently have been promoting the benefits of napping to their students. This article from Inside Higher Ed describes such a napping campaign at University of California at Davis.

The bottom line: these officials claim that naps taken as a supplement to good nightly sleep will improve academic performance. Although the article notes there’s not a proven link between sleep and better grades, there IS a link between sleep and better concentration. The importance of napping, and of sleep in general, also recalls John Medina’s Brain Rules rule # 7: “Sleep well, think well” (illustrated at this site: In his book, and on the companion website, Prof. Medina explains that the brain needs sleep in order to learn effectively.