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Common sense and plenty of research suggest that getting enough sleep is good for you. But a new study finds that even a relatively short nap can boost your ability to solve problems. Women who took a nap after getting stuck on a challenging level in a video game were almost twice as likely to solve the level after taking a nap, compared to being quietly awake, for 90 minutes.

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