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Learning Your ZZZZ's

Study, followed by sleep, is very effective

(HealthDayNews) -- If you've just been to class, and the teacher said something that sounded very important, you should have:

  • written it down,
  • reviewed the topic in the library,
  • highlighted your notes so that you can come back to it, or
  • taken a nap.

If you chose the nap, then you understand the learning process.

According to the Journal of Sleep Research, retention of information is always greatest if the period of learning is immediately followed by a period of sleep. The theory is that new information is incorporated into your dreams, and turns up again and again as you sleep. This repetition helps establish new ideas in your mind.

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