It's as much a holiday tradition as the turkey dinner itself; that afternoon nap.
Don't feel guilty. Go ahead, indulge in those extra zzz's. It just may help your memory. New research suggests that interrupting sleep seriously disrupts memory-making abilities. And that taking a nap may not only boost memory, but your creativity as well.
Few people get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep, said Dr. William Fishbein, a cognitive neuroscientist at City University of New York. A nap as short as 12 minutes can make a big difference, Fishbein said.
Not only do you need to remember to sleep, Dr. Fishbein said, you need sleep to remember.