[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]F[/su_dropcap]or those of you asking yourself why the napnook mascot is the hippo, we will pull back the curtain to reveal its origins here. Of course, selecting a hippo as a mascot for no other reason at all other than that it’s one of the coolest animals on the planet (find out why here) has its own merit. But believe it or not, there was a method to our madness here at napnook.
A detailed discussion of the discovery and function of the hippocampus can be found in our post, “Why You Need Sleep”. Essentially, the hippocampus is responsible for consolidating information in our brains, moving our fleeting short-term memory to our more durable long-term memory. Often, memory loss is prevented through memory consolidation, which is one of the crucial activities that take place during sleep. What goes on in the brain during the non-REM slow-wave sleep is an intense active period of crucial memory restructuring.
These benefits of transforming short-term memory to long-term memory can be obtained not only during our eight hours each night, but also with a nap during the day. That’s why experts hail sleep as the most effective means of mental recovery over coffee, soda and other stimulants. Imagine! You can achieve an optimal level of cognitive function during the toughest part of the work day by simply taking a quick power nap. While you are relaxing, your brain is hard at work making sure your brain is healthy and reliable. So, do yourself a favor: skip the extra soda and lay down for a peaceful nap. You’re brain will thank you.
It is easy to see how important of a role the hippocampus plays and its impact on our daily lives. You ever notice how difficult it is to function on short sleep? Lost keys? Inability to remember dates, times, and facts? Well, when the brain is not given sufficient time to convert information into sustainable memory, it is lost. This is a major reason why sleep is so critical to our health. At napnook, our mission is to provide quality, holistic sleep wellness services for consumers who seek to boost creativity, memory, and ability to learn, naturally. The most critical player in this mission is you, your brain and more specifically, the hippocampus. And so, the hippo as our mascot seemed most appropriate.
What’s in a Name?
So, as you can tell, it is no coincidence that our mascot is the hippo. But now you may wondering– Does the napnook hippo have a name? Yes, it does! Find out the answer here.
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