Sleep to success

Published: Monday 31 October 1994

-- (Credit: Rustam Vania)If you want to pass your exams or learn a new skill quick indulge in sleep. in 2 experiments on animals and human scientists have found the first direct evidence that memoceft are consolidated during sleep.

In the rat studies conducted at the University of Arizom at Tucson, researchers found that when the animal moved through a familiar environment, a particular pattern of Ceft was activated in the brain. And after a good sleep, the saw cells became more energetic. Researchers conjecture that heightened activity suggests that memory cells are recharged during sleep.

The hun-(an studies, conducted at the Weiz mann Institute in Is rael, found that when subjects learning a new skill were allowed to sleep and then repeatedly roused, it hampered their performance on subsequent tests of the skill.

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