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Why is sleep important for memory?

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Imaging and behavioral studies continue to show the critical role sleep plays in learning and memory. Researchers believe that sleep affects learning and memory in two ways:

  • Lack of sleep affects a person's ability to focus and learn efficiently.
  • Sleep makes a memory stick so it can be recalled 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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