What many communities need is a citywide siesta, a daily snooze, one big healthy nap.

What many communities need is a citywide siesta, a daily snooze, one big healthy nap.

What could it hurt? Studies have found that naps help your memory and increase your ability to learn. Naps are also good for your heart.

A study three years ago showed that those who napped at least three times a week for about 90 minutes had a 37 percent lower risk of dying from a heart attack or other heart problem. More sleep, less stress on the heart. Or maybe they just have less stress because they are able to nap 90 minutes, three times a week.

Maybe educators have been looking too hard for ways to help kids learn. The answer is right there. Let the kids snooze for a bit and they’ll be brighter when they wake up. It worked in preschool, didn’t it?

It works for young adults, too, according to a study by Matthew P. Walker, an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, that was released earlier this year.

Volunteers in Walker’s study who slept for 90 minutes between the two learning sessions improved their scores by 10 percent on average.

No nap? Scores dropped by 10 percent.

We know you who have real jobs don’t have 90 minutes to spare during the workweek. Other studies have shown that a nap as short as 12 minutes can be beneficial.

Come on, you know you want one. What better way to refresh yourself than by taking a long, leisurely ... zzzzzzzzzzzz.

Rockford (Ill.) Register Star