Learning while awake and intentionally is the key.

Sleep was previously thought to help solidify information in to one’s brain, but according to new research performed on mice, “researchers observed that synapses were larger, and therefore stronger, after the mice were awake for six to seven hours compared to after they were asleep for the same amount of time,” (“Sleep readies”, 2019).

Synapses are connectors in your brain that translate and process information. This study discovered that synapse activation was at its strongest when the mice were exposed to “new stimuli” that they were forced to interact with while sleep deprived (“Sleep readies”, 2019).

Being simply awake isn’t enough to induce learning, but being intentional about exploring new stimuli is what taps into the hippocampus’ learning process.

Reference: Society for Neuroscience. (2019, July 1). Sleep readies synapses for learning: Findings offer insight into changes that occur in the brain during sleep. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 14, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190701144310.htm

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