EXETER – If you are trying to remember something important you have forgotten then it’s time to get a good night’s sleep.
As scientists have found that sleep almost doubles the chances of remembering previously forgotten information. They believe sleep makes memories more accessible and sharpens our power of recall.
Volunteers taking part in a study were asked to remember made-up words either before a night’s sleep or after 12 hours of wakefulness.
The sleepers were much better at recalling the words than the participants who remained awake.
The research suggests last-minute studying for an exam before going to bed might be a good tactic for students.
According to the Psychologist Dr Nicolas Dumay, from the University of Exeter, ‘Sleep almost doubles our chances of remembering previously unrecalled material.
The findings, published in the journal Cortex means sleeping not only protects memories from being forgotten, it also makes them easier to access because we are more likely to recall facts that we could not remember while still awake.
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