Learn While You Sleep?

posted May 9, 11:06 PM by Puffo

It seems that a break from work or even a short nap may have good consequences on memory.

Now a new study demonstrates that relational memory — the ability to make logical “big picture” inferences from disparate pieces of information – is dependent on taking a break from studies and learning, and even more important, getting a good night’s sleep.

“This strongly implies that sleep is actively engaged in the cognitive processing of our memories,” notes Ellenbogen. “Knowledge appears to expand both over time and with sleep.”