Sleep and Learning

What does sleep have to do with learning?

Many studies have shown that sleeping good and enough improves our learning, and although the information we learn we take in mostly when we are awake, we need to sleep it out to actually get it soundly learned.

Why? Because sleep participates in the consolidation of our fresh memory.

How? The brain-cell clusters that are activated when we learn when awake are activated  again when we sleep, right after that awake period, suggesting that the brain connections that were formed when we were taking information in when awake, are reactivated when we sleep, therefore relearned and stored in the right place.

Research has demonstrated that even a nap in the middle of the day can help us learn, and that we need to sleep enough to function properly and learn effectively when we are awake. When we try to study, let’s say for a test, and we study over and over the same information, but we don’t sleep enough time, we do not get it soundly established in our brain.

And if we pretend to take in too much information before we sleep, through the night or just take a nap, our brain doesn’t get it. Studies have found that our learning worsens over the course of several sessions of learning, when we do not get sleep. This means that we can take in a certain amount of information properly and then we have to give our brain the chance to secure it in our memory through sleep…in other words, we can “burnout” as we study too much information in a session, or series of sessions, with no sleep periods in… So we have to understand that to really learn, we need to get some sleep…enough sleep to get everything properly registered in our head