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{Researchers|Scientists} {have proposed|have been proponents of} the {theory|idea} that {a lack of|not getting enough} sleep affects the {entire|whole} brain which causes episodes, such as micro-sleeps during the day, such as those times you space out while sitting at your desk or driving. The new research {shows|indicates}, however, that sleep deprivation actually begins on the cellular level.

The study also shows that taking a nap before studying or learning something important can greatly increase your memorization and understanding of the subject you are trying to learn. So make sure to avoid those {nefarious|treacherous|foul|heinous} {nap|siesta|catnap|forty winks}{stealers|bandits|burglars|cheaters}!

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  1. seby samichmido says:

    If I were to write a song about today, it would be titled “Break a Hammer Off In It (Screw This, I’m Taking a Nap)”.

  2. mowskield says:

    so right Wee. Dreaming about a video game is like the best thing ever. Especially when it happens while taking a nap in the middle of the day. Ever tried listening to someone play this game while you take an afternoon nap? so amazing.

  3. Fridays are the days that all the sleep deprivation from during the week catches up to me. It’s only 10 and I’ve fallen asleep 2x already…

  4. Welcome Brazen Careerist Readers | Resume Cover Letter Tips says:

    Personally, I think many of the ills can be directly traced to lack of sleep!:) Seriously, many employers have found that providing “quiet rooms” have a great payoff — a worker is more creative, productive and less likely to become ill when they get enough sleep. That sounds like a plan — employers just have to get past the thought that taking a nap is somehow slacking.
    Anita Bruzzese

  5. botaki yap says:

    WFMY News 2

    The Dangers Of Sleep Deprivation
    WFMY News 2
    Halpern, a scientists, says waking early allows him to work with other scientists in Asia and Europe, saying, “This is a wonderful to go to my office and to working with the people who are awake in their office, in their labs, …
    and more »

  6. did Ben really just draw a stick figure with pit hair on draw something to signify an armpit or am I seeing things out of sleep deprivation

  7. Taking a nap on the laptop 🙂

    Cute bulldog Valdimar taking a nap on the laptop – nice and warm 🙂

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  8. claiah maringa says:

    Hi! This is my baby Stitches after taking a nap on my lap. He brings so much joy and happiness to my life. I love him. …

  9. "on the subway" - Twitter Search says:

    The awkward moment when you’re so tired from taking a nap that you feel like to have to take another nap to get over your nap.

  10. ok, too tired, not going to gym, taking a nap then catching the OSS films at the Bev, then Project X at the ArcLight, hopefully write after

  11. now for my next improvisation: did i hear… owen wilson taking a nap on the floor? *oh i crash a wedding now im so tired zZz*great comedy*

  12. Uncle Al says:

    while checking your math on my hand calculators..(I have several tethered together and glued down to a sheet of 3/4″ plywood in order to get enough decimal places– I noticed your related post about Will Vick… is he a famous mathematician?? how does this fit into the equation? Well being Friday the 13th rolling over and taking a nap… real bad day to get out of bed! Hey? where has Al been?? did you piss him off??

  13. That awkward moment when you’re so tired from taking a nap that you feel like to have to take another nap to get over your last nap.

  14. curmons hardumleyn says:

    That run-down feeling we all get from time to time is an unwelcome experience for us all. A variety of causes such as sleep deprivation, overwork and illness are typical in today’s fast-moving societies. The great thing is that solutions to this weariness are available everywhere you look!

  15. rompeaker aimer says:

    Ok that would be



    Least that bastard have fangs!

    *remembers being 12yrs old, taking a nap in my bungalow, wakes up to a huntsmen the size of my hand taking a nap on my bloody moccasin*

    Needless to say, he ooozed goo before he could leap to safety!!

    Lots of gum trees in Dandenong..they make a great breeding ground for spiders. And they still give me the creeps to this day…

  16. We was talkin’ bout sleep deprivation in class. The earlier we go to sleep is NOT gonna keep us a wake during class. The class be boring AF!

  17. urdocker patnam says:

    The movie last night made me so depressed that I went to sleep for 11h. That and a week of sleep deprivation. Feeling like Rup van Winkel.

  18. I arose early in the morning yesterday even though I didn’t feel like it. I took a walk yesterday even though I didn’t feel like it. I made some calls I’ve been avoiding even though I STILL didn’t feel like making them. I wrote a sales page even though I felt like taking a nap […]

  19. marquilliw hanken says:

    That awkward moment when you’re so tired from taking a nap that you feel like to have to take another nap to get over your nap.

  20. signochoem says:

    I’m so taking a nap, before I kill someone. As amusing as that may be right now, the jail time would rather suck. Not it.

  21. Facts of the day: Today I did laundry, showered & peed in the bed while taking a nap. Ha, i’m just kidding, I totally forgot to shower.

  22. tablezle says:

    The ‘Write’ Approach: “I try to write at least 15 minutes a day,” she said, “when the kids are taking a nap.” “Write On” meets the fi…

  23. _nicoleelove says:

    Follow up to the follow up tweet…I’ll be taking a nap later so nobody try to break into my car in the Orange Lot between 9 and 2, thanks.

  24. see mrstorino says:

    After studying this, I wish you can still sleep perfectly. Sleep-inducing medicines, commonly known as sleeping tablets, have a popularity of offering people acquire some peace and relaxed at night. Sleep deprivation is such a difficult condition to have because it’s literally zaps a person’s capability to do the more things in life, at […]
    A post from: Sleep Apnea Symptoms And Causes

  25. David Dean says:

    For a wide variety of people worldwide, having a good night’s sleep on a regular basis is an elusive, otherwise almost impossible, goal. The reasons for this malady are numerous, and may consist of overwork, fatigue, pain, sleep deprivation effects, and the list goes on. While many of us may require a physician’s help in […]
    A post from: Sleep Apnea Cures -Available Options

  26. castersmells says:

    Oh my oath this is going to be a tough 32! My hangover is not helped by sleep deprivation ….;) billy Joel waking me up so

  27. Thanks for sharing your experience with us! I was dying to try it this year, but got cold feet at the last minute. Since this is the first year seriously considered it, not too worried – maybe next year feel ready for the challenge.

    And I hear you on the incapability of taking a nap – unless I sleep for only 20 minutes, thus not allowing myself to *actually* get to deep sleep, just sleep through anything I was supposed to do (actually, that hapened today, and the fact that it was raining help any…)

    Anyway, good luck!


  28. Health News from Medical News Today says:

    Sleep deprivation is sweeping the American workforce as more than 41 million American workers are now complaining about a lack of sleep. That number was revealed this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which surveyed 15,000 active workers to determine their sleep levels. Putting that number into perspective, nearly 30% of […]
    41 Million Sleep Deprived Works In The United States,Study Finds is a post from: The Inquisitr

  29. Finally got that dumb puppy trained, she takes the LOoong way around me now when I’m taking a nap, and it only took 839 bites on the nose.

  30. rahaik says:

    So uh – I need to study and write an essay for the last Murray chapter test of the year, and I’m about to pass out from sleep deprivation.

  31. TechnologyWorld says:

    Daily Mail

    H5N1 Paper Published: Deadly, Transmissible Bird Flu Could Be Closer than Thought
    The two scientists — Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and TIME 100 honoree Ron Fouchier of Erasmus University in the Netherlands — had submitted their research to Nature and Science, respectively, with the expectation of swift …
    It’s out there: Science journal publishes details of deadly lab-made bird flu …Daily Mail
    First of 2 papers on lab-made bird flu publishedThe Associated Press
    THE DOOMSDAY VIRUS? Science finds bird flu can easily spread between mammals …Sky Valley Chronicle
    BBC News -Mainichi Daily News
    all 303 news articles »

  32. shifanni dibayann says:

    Oh and just cause JW is taking a nap for the first afternoon this week…we have to leave in three minutes. Hopefully he stays asleep!

  33. Twitter says:

    Woke up way too early at 5:30 & really getting a slow to the day. Need to shipping, but I really feel like taking a nap 😛

  34. Twitter says:

    Taking a nap late in the day can be the easiest way to destroy any motivation to go out. On the couch watching Blade Runner.

  35. flugslo benda says:

    Shall I spend an hour or two of my working time today taking a nap and then spend 6-9 hours tomorrow working like crazy, or should I…

  36. Sleep deprivation is getting to me. I think naps are going to be my only way to survive. These nerves need to go like ASAP

  37. After putting down the phone I being panic when I realized that my ticket purchase hadn’t been approved. It was very silly of me to approve on the authorization. There is a lot of scam on the internet transaction of purchasing. I must have fallen in the scam. I was very frightened and woke up my husband who was taking a nap. I told him to find the phone number and called the visa credit company to stop the payment right away … 1994 Detroit Zoo. 1994 Detroit Zoo …

  38. “STUDY OBJECTIVES: Sleep loss consistently impairs performance on measures of vigilance, and response speed, but its effects on higher-order executive functions are not well delineated. Similarly, whereas deficits in arousal and vigilance can be temporarily countered by the use of several different stimulant medications, it is not clear how these compounds affect complex cognitive processes in sleep-deprived individuals. DESIGN: We evaluated the effects of double-blind administration of 3 stimulant medications or placebo on the ability to appreciate humor in visual or verbal (headlines) stimuli presented on a computer screen following 49.5 hours of sleep deprivation. SETTING: In-residence sleep-laboratory facility at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Fifty-four healthy adults (29 men, 24 women), ranging in age from 18 to 36 years. INTERVENTIONS: Each was randomly assigned to 1 of 3 stimulant medication groups, including…

  39. Twitter says:

    Since I ate I can’t seem to get back in the swing of working. Thinking of taking a nap, then finishing piecing together this episode of MMF

  40. morrett says:

    Riot office is closed today, Emily is having tea at Ellie’s school. So me and the cats are eating Cap’n Crunch and taking a nap.

  41. I hereby declare 1pm PST to be National Nap Hour. Show your by taking a nap until 2pm. 😉 Come back to work refreshed! 😛

  42. tnspidell says:

    I’m so sleepy but instead of taking a nap I’d much rather text you to whine that I’d rather be taking a nap with you.

  43. drica deisseliao says:

    New York Times (blog)

    Meltdown in Motherland
    New York Times (blog)
    Car alarms, sirens and unexpected footfalls made me jump. I pushed through my worry and sleep deprivation by writing. For a long month, I worked on an essay for an anthology about Madonna and celebrity baby obsession. But Clara would cry as soon as I …

  44. keardler says:

    In one of those “I can’t be bothered” moods…Can’t be bothered to talk, text or tweet as I feel rather tired. Sleep deprivation at its best

  45. para faultas says:

    So got my eyes dilated. I hate that feeling, that things too brite feeling. I’ll be taking a nap see if it helps them recover.

  46. Twitter says:

    Puppy Ryder Foley Sleeping so cute

    Ryder taking a nap with eyes open and tongue rolled out.

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  47. shaicevist says:

    I have 1 hour 13 minutes to decide whether or not to chug a RedBull for this sleep deprivation EEG. No caffeine allowed after 24! Sleepy

  48. brendle pit puppy barking in his sleep so cute

    my puppy taking a nap and barking in his sleep

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  49. Anonymous says:

    most of my day I have learned is composed of watching people, just watching. I once spent the afternoon in a suite that I would freuqent when I was at school. No one was there except one girl and as i sat in a chair taking a nap I really enjoyed watching her do her daily routine. something about what people do interests me. in I know this feeling well.

  50. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwire -04/30/12)- A sleep deprivation epidemic is hitting British children as up to two thirds of children in the UK are not getting enough sleep – with 74 per cent actually getting less sleep than the amount …
    Irene Coronado liked Travelodge Research Shows 66% of British Children Are Sleep Deprived – Yahoo Finance on 15 May 2012 (1 week ago).

  51. daffey vid says:

    Thank you for all your and care while I was able to sleep just a couple hours if that. Sleep deprivation is the key to psychosis.

  52. borger poz says:

    Dog cuddling with toy chicken

    This cute dog is taking a nap with his toy chicken.

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  53. says:

    Sleep apnea, and chronic sleep deprivation and all their consequences, are America’s largest invisible medical problem. The current is to make the invisible visible. Is it possible to sleep eight hours and still wake up feeling exhausted? Yes–if you have a disorder called sleep apnea. Apnea means “absence of breath,” and, according to the […]
    A post from: Sleep Apnea Cures -Available Options

  54. cockwitz says:

    Did your friend slept on duty? Your anoying little cousin is taking a nap in the couch? Did the teacher bend to pick up the chalk? Don´t let go any and throw the HORN on them! Silence is for the weak!

  55. Twitter says:

    Dad’s taking a nap. Time for me to check out the All Star Music gift shop and food If anyone has ASMu pic requests, let me know?

  56. Twitter says:

    Most of us will suffer sleep deprivation at one time or another. I’m not talking our usual state of broken sleep, 5 hours a night, or something else. I’m talking a full night without sleep, the kind many people experience in the army, with a brand new (or not so brand new) baby, or more frivolously (I hope), in college.
    We all know what sleep deprivation does to us. We’re unable to pay attention. We’re often cold or hot. We can’t think straight, we doing very strange things (you would not BELIEVE the crazy dances I’ve made up…), and of course, we’re really, really tired.

  57. gorgiambar koharady says:

    Did you know that 24 hours of sleep deprivation has the same affect as being legally drunk? Sleep less to save some $$ on booze.

  58. Wish I could fast forward this day… sleep deprivation and it’s not about 2 get better any time soon, & I’m happy about it! 🙂

  59. ha u love a bit of sleep deprivation don’t u Kieran! I’ve got a list of the stuff that may come up, ain’t too bad

  60. "on the bus" - Twitter Search says:

    It looks as though my hopes and dreams for taking a nap are going to be dashed by these two non sleeping children of mine. Drat.

  61. The dictionary defines the word insomnia as the, “Chronic inability to fall asleep or remain asleep for an adequate length of time.” In modern day America, getting a good night’s sleep isn’t an easy thing to accomplish. This is something I’m sure all of us as busy college students, parents, and workers can understand. With the high stress lives we lead, sleep deprivation is an ever-present concern. So, where might one begin to know or even understand the nuances …

  62. Almost 9 hours working on this project, pulled an all nighter, gotta catch some Zzzzzzs. Taking a nap and picking it back up later this a.m.

  63. Twitter says:

    fMRI scans reveal how sleep deprivation impairs higher-order regions in the human brain where food choices are made – not the deeper brain structures reacting to basic desire. This new evidence offers another explanation for the link between sleep loss and obesity. Impaired brain activity in the frontal lobe was observed but not significant differences in areas traditionally associated with basic reward reactivity. Therefore, sleep loss may be more about higher brain functions than cravings.

  64. mus hastein says:

    A century after British Naval Captain F. Scott led a team of explorers on their quest to be the first to reach the South Pole, a new examines what we have learned about the physiological stresses of severe exercise, malnutrition, hypothermia, high altitude, and sleep deprivation since then.

  65. totallyevita says:

    As far CMD deadlines go, these last couple of days were hell, but it. Waiting for my body to recover from sleep deprivation and agree.

  66. Get Thursday going with a read of our afternoon links: Brooke Burke Charvet: Sleep deprivation never stops – Uh-oh! 10 signs your husband dressed your kid – Dying baby’s last wish: eating banana splits for dinner – Today Moms How to explain a racist book to your kids – The New York Times […]

  67. OnHerCam Tweets says:

    What is billed as Spain’s first national siesta championship is under way in Madrid to find the best napper and help revive the tradition of taking a nap after lunch.

  68. - Health Tips for Professionals says:

    Related CRY2 Is Associated with Rapid Cycling in Bipolar Disorder Patients. PLoS One. 2010;5(9) Authors: Sjöholm LK, Backlund L, Cheteh EH, Ek IR, Frisén L, Schalling M, Osby U, Lavebratt C, Nikamo P BACKGROUND: Bipolar disorder patients often display abnormalities in circadian rhythm, and they are sensitive to irregular diurnal rhythms. CRY2 in the core clock that generates circadian rhythms. CRY2 mRNA expression in blood mononuclear cells was recently shown to display a marked diurnal variation and to respond to total sleep deprivation in healthy human volunteers. It was also shown that bipolar patients in a depressive state had lower CRY2 mRNA levels, nonresponsive to total sleep deprivation, compared to healthy controls, and that CRY2 gene variation was associated with winter depression in both Swedish and Finnish PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Four CRY2 SNPs spanning from intron 2 to downstream 3’UTR were analyzed for association to bipolar disorder type 1 (n…

  69. Stress can be exhausting. Sometimes, going outside and taking a walk will wake you up even more than taking a nap. Both may be in order now.

  70. khorn cope says:

    Going to render the music video with what I’ve done so far while taking a nap. It is not what I’ve envisioned in my mind but lets see…

  71. Spent the past hour trying to fall asleep and it’s not working this is what I get for taking a nap from 8-10 at night

  72. Don’t need to be at work til 1 which is awesome since I have 10 other things I need to work on. But screw that. I’m taking a nap. 🙂

  73. Isabella is supposed to be taking a nap – I went to check on her and she was on top of the changing table with an entire bottle of lotion…

  74. so i go over 2 my buddys house and hes taking a nap so i eat all his ice cream and he wakes up later on and finds that his ice cream is all

  75. LadyyBianca says:

    I was taking a nap and I had playing. And my mom comes home from work and says “who what where and how the hell you got

  76. It’s not easy working a parade route, shaking hands, one after the other after the other, down as far as the eye can see, in the hot July sun. For the overheated computer circuitry housed inside Mitt Romney’s human-esque exoskeleton, it all proved too much yesterday. 

    “Get out and vote next year, this November, I mean!” said Romney, wiping beads of sweat off his brow. At one point, stopping to guzzle a glass of lemonade, Romney was asked how it tasted, to which he replied, “Lemon. Wet. Good.”

    Romney then singing an increasingly unintelligible rendition of “Daisy Bell” before laying down and taking a nap right in the middle of the road. 

    Read more posts by Dan Amira

    Filed Under: stuck in the mittle ,lemon. wet. good. ,lemonade ,mitt romney ,politics

  77. I’m sure there is a sleep deprivation ‘debt’ that builds up every night I have 4 hours of sleep. I miss having a calm day at home by myself.

  78. After a long night of some people sooth themselves by gorging on greasy diner food or taking a nap by the toilet. But one man found in channeling his inner Seal and serenading a cat. Despite its best the feline can’t seem to wriggle itself free from the man’s embrace, exposing itself to a nearly one-minute rendition of “Kiss From A Rose.”The video was uploaded to YouTube by user bard55 with a single plea: “I was drunk. Please don’t sue me.” Read More… More on Video

  79. biphasic sleep is the fanciest term for taking a nap I have ever heard – on another note took a nap today and it was excellent.

  80. Over the past several years, Richard Davidson has peered into the minds of monks, pored over brain scans, analyzed neural proc­esses, and maybe—just maybe—discovered some of the keys to manufacturing happiness.
    Davidson, a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is of a budding group of researchers who are trying to figure out what makes people happy and how those feelings can be created and sustained. This field of study—which is equal science and psychology, with a hint of motivational speaking thrown in—is hardly new, but it has taken on growing as the sour job market continues to weigh on the psyches of American workers.

  81. lalum desga says:

    You notice how there are no good rumors out there right now? Too hot to think in Edmonton. Management is taking a nap under a tree.

  82. management innovation - Twitter Search says:

    The University of Wisconsin–Madison of Engineering Professional Development is pleased to announce a new series of web conferences focused on innovation in engineering and technical organizations, and providing … A step-by-step plan for introducing and leading change effectively. Planning Strategically. What is a strategic plan and why having a plan is crucial for your organization’s longevity; The crucial difference between strategic thinking and …

  83. Twitter says:

    Increasing sleep time might help with weight control effects, say researchers. Work carried out by researchers from the German Universities Tubingen and Lubeck and Uppsala University in Sweden has investigated the effect of term sleep deprivation on hunger as well as on physical activity and energy used by the body. Physical activity was measured by special devices worn on the wrist that detect acceleration. Energy used by the body was …


    She get on then she be like i’m going back to sleep , then 2-3 hours later she ggets back on then be like i’m taking a nap

  85. stragett pave says:

    … of the Games, Learning, and Society group at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, speak about how educators will evolve into becoming designers of learning experiences, just like video game designers. I’ll back on the event …

  86. In our business you can earn income while working out, playing tennis, taking a nap, having dinner, reading, etc, can’t do that at a job.

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