“Sleep is important for learning new information.” So says a study published in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Researchers tested subjects’ ability to recall information under two sets of conditions – limited sleep and a full eight hours. Results indicate we remember more when we’re well rested. The findings, they say, apply to learning all kinds of information.

Do you need to learn something new and retain it? Get sufficient sleep…eight hours the night before, a nap at some point during the learning process, or sleep well tonight and go at it again tomorrow.

Oh, by the way, sleep disturbances, which tend to occur as we age, can decrease our ability to recollect what we learn. If you’re at a stage where you’re struggling with memory issues, researchers suggest your memory will improve measurably if you find ways to get more sleep. The ability to learn and recall new information is important to good performance.

 

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