Can Sleep Make You Smarter?
When you wake up after a good night of sleep, you instantly feel refreshed, however, can sleep make you smarter? It is an argument that German researchers believe they have backed up with a recent study.
The scientists who carried out the study now believe that our sleeping brains continue to work on problems that we can’t grasp throughout the day. The German study is thought to be the first of its kind, resulting in research pointing towards a minimum of 8 or more hours of sleep benefiting our brain. Other researchers who did not contribute to the study claim that it is a timely reminder to students and workers to ensure that they are getting adequate sleep.
Although a single study does not settle an issue, Dr Carl E. Hunt, a key researcher in sleep disorders, believes that the German study is going to “advance the field”. School performances of children and the performance of adults in the workplace can be linked to sleep.
Scientists at the University of Luebeck in Germany declared that volunteers taking a basic maths test after 8 hours or more sleep were three times more likely to reach the correct answer those who were sleep deprived.
With the fast-paced society that we live in, it is essential that we receive adequate sleep to allow our brains to process the information from the previous day. The brain takes the days recently formed memories, and then stabilises, copies, and fills them in order to make the memories more useful in future.
A night of good quality sleep can make your memories resistant to interference from other information, allowing you to recall the information more effectively.
Whether you’re looking to cram in last minute revision or reach that deadline at work, it is important to ensure that you receive a minimum of 8 hours of sleep per night.