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Your Mother and Shakespeare Knew

Sleep before learning refreshes our ability to initially make new memories.

Making and retaining memories is directly related to the quality of sleep. Early-night NREM sleep is responsible for fact-based retention of memories. On the other hand, late-night REM sleep is responsible for the development of creativity and the creation of connections between pieces of information. Even daytime naps can help the process of memory consolidation as long as enough NREM sleep occurred.

Sleeping before and after learning increases our ability to learn and make new memories.

Short-term memories are transferred from the hippocampus to the cortex where they become long-term memories. Of course, not all short-term memories find their way to the cortex. Most of them are forgotten because forgetting is a healthy way to keep room for new short-term memories.

The quality of brainwaves during sleep is crucial for the brain’s consolidation. It is worth mentioning that different technologies are being developed that amplify sleep brainwaves. One of these technologies involves auditory tones which are synchronized with the individual’s sleeping brainwaves.

Sleeping for at least eight hours a night improves athletes’ performance. Therefore, it is essential to obtain a good night’s sleep in order to make great achievements.

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