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How do you make memories?

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Three things must happen for something to become a memory:

Acquisition and recall happen when you're awake. Researchers believe sleep is required to consolidate a memory.

  • Acquisition -- learning or experiencing something new
  • Consolidation -- the memory becomes stable in the brain
  • Recall -- having the ability to access the memory in the future

SOURCES:

Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School: "Healthy Sleep: Sleep, Learning, and Memory," "Sleep and Disease Risk."

American Academy for Sleep Medicine: "Sleep: Nature's Study Aid."

National Sleep Foundation: "Healthy Sleep Tips," "How Much Sleep Do Adults Need?"

Helpguide.org: "How to Improve Your Memory."

Harrison, Y. , 2000. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 7, 2019

SOURCES:

Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School: "Healthy Sleep: Sleep, Learning, and Memory," "Sleep and Disease Risk."

American Academy for Sleep Medicine: "Sleep: Nature's Study Aid."

National Sleep Foundation: "Healthy Sleep Tips," "How Much Sleep Do Adults Need?"

Helpguide.org: "How to Improve Your Memory."

Harrison, Y. , 2000. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 7, 2019

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