Sleep ‘assists with memory and recall’

Sleep 'assists with memory and recall'

Sleep ‘assists with memory and recall’

The ability to store and recall information is assisted by sleep, new research suggests.

A study conducted by specialists from the University of York and Harvard Medical School found that slumber causes new words to be remembered better than directly after learning them.

Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the research indicates that sleep not only aids people in taking in new information but can also assist the brain in filing it away so that it can be recalled when required.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, it reveals good rest may ensure new words or phrases are added to a “mental lexicon”, strengthening new memories.

Subjects were taught new vocabulary and then slept in a lab with their brain activity monitored to determine the impact of sleep on remembering.

Lead author Dr Jakke Tamminen explained: “New memories are only really useful if you can connect them to information you already know.”

Lack of quality sleep, which could be aided by Silentnight beds, can lead to problems with concentration.

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