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Retired volunteers needed for study on napping

10:22 21/01/2020

Could you help further medical research - by enjoying a nap?

Researchers at the University of Liège are looking for retired volunteers to take part in a new study on the effect a regular siesta has on ageing the brain and body.

The paid research involves a 64-hour stay in the lab, including an MRI scan, and monthly follow-up appointments for the next year.

"We are looking for retired people - women aged 60-plus, men aged over 65 - who are in very good health," said Christina Schmidt, a researcher at the university's sleep and chronobiology lab.

"Napping can be good in some contexts, but not in others, especially if you take one every day, for a long time, or near the end of the day. It can probably affect the quality of sleep at night and be less beneficial than you think."

The study has been ongoing since 2018 - and 70 new participants are needed. You can find out more about the project at

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