The benefits of a good night's sleep

March 13, 2015

 

Having trouble sleeping? Getting forgetful? Here is a piece of research that may shed some light on the link. There are lots of things you can do to try and improve your sleep; Establishing a good routine; Not doing anything mentally stimulating just before you go to bed; Keeping the bedroom ONLY for sleep and intimacy; And Relaxation and Self Hypnosis of course

 

It’s 4am, and the big test is in 8 hours. You’ve been studying for days, but you still don’t feel ready. Should you drink another cup of coffee and spend the next few hours cramming? Or should you go to sleep? Shai Marcu defends the latter option, showing how sleep restructures your brain in a way that’s crucial for how our memory works. Did you know that sleep restructures your brain in a way that’s crucial for how your memory works? So, don’t forget to sleep!

Research shows that during sleep our brain’s structure is being altered. Synapses are forming during sleep. Scientists have proven that we are waking each morning with a different brain, cleansed of toxins and full of new connections from the previous day’s learning. All of which just goes to affirm the phrase, “Sleep on it”. 

 

Nineteenth century psychologist, Herman Ebbinghaus, demonstrated that we normally forget 40% of new material with the first twenty minutes, a phenomenon known as the forgetting curve. But this loss can be prevented through memory consolidation, the process by which information is moved from our fleeting short-term memory to our more durable long-term memory, thanks to the hippocampus…and a good night’s sleep! 

 

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