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What happens when you sleep?

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Scientists don't know exactly how sleep enhances memory, but it seems to involve the brain's hippocampus and neocortex. That's the part of the brain where long-term memories are stored. It's thought that during sleep, the hippocampus replays the events of the day for the neocortex, where it reviews and processes memories, making them long term.

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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