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Benefits of Daytime Naps on Consecutive Days for Motor Adaptation Learning

Version 1 : Received: 5 May 2022 / Approved: 6 May 2022 / Online: 6 May 2022 (10:36:15 CEST)

How to cite: Murata, Y.; Nishida, M.; Ichinose, A.; Suyama, S.; Youn, S.; Shioda, K. Benefits of Daytime Naps on Consecutive Days for Motor Adaptation Learning. Preprints 2022, 2022050075 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202205.0075.v1). Murata, Y.; Nishida, M.; Ichinose, A.; Suyama, S.; Youn, S.; Shioda, K. Benefits of Daytime Naps on Consecutive Days for Motor Adaptation Learning. Preprints 2022, 2022050075 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202205.0075.v1).

Abstract

Daytime napping offers benefits for motor memory learning and is used as habitual countermeasure to improve daytime functioning. A single napping is shown to ameliorate motor memory learning, although the effect of consecutive napping on motor memory consolidation remains unclear. This study aimed to explore the effect of daytime napping over multiple days on motor memory learning. Twenty university students were divided into the napping group and no-nap (awake) group. Napping group performed motor adaption tasks before and after napping for three consecutive days, whereas no-nap group performed the task on the similar time schedule as the napping group. In addition, a subsequent retest was conducted one week after the end of the intervention. The speed to complete the task of the napping group was significantly shorter than that of the awake group in the retention test. No significant difference was confirmed for trajectory length to complete the task. Thus, consecutive napping may facilitate motor learning and motor memory consolidation in the long term.

Keywords

nap; sleep; motor adaptation; learning; consolidation

Subject

BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, Behavioral Neuroscience

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