Did you know that sleeping after learning may improve your memory? Studies have found a definite correlation between sleep, learning, and recollection. Though this has not been widely researched, there is definitive evidence to support this finding.
Researchers at Notre Dame performed an experiment to test this theory. Using a random group of students, they instructed them to memorize several word pairings. The students were split into to groups, half of which studied their word pairings at 9 a.m. The other half were instructed to study their word pairings at 9 p.m. The students were tested on their rembrance of these word pairings twice. In both instances, the 9 p.m. study group scored higher than the 9 a.m. study group. There are two types of memory: episodic and semantic. Episodic memory is your memory of events. Semantic memory is your ability to memorize facts about your surroundings. The ability to memorize word pairs tests both.
This experiment is an example of one of several studies that were performed on this theory. Based on these studies we can conclude that learning before sleep does improve one's overall memory. Some have suggested that sleeping after learning helps the brain to "consolidate" and "organize" newly learned facts. It has also been suggested that you should review any information you need to remember before going to bed at night.
You can never underestimate the importance of getting a good night's sleep, and this research is further proof. Stay tuned to our blog to find out more about why sleep is so beneficial to the brain and body! Do you have trouble remembering new things?