To ex­cel, sleep on it

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

LAST- MINUTE swot­ting for an exam be­fore go­ing to bed might be a good tac­tic for stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to new UK re­search on the ben­e­fits of “sleep­ing on it”.

Sleep al­most dou­bles the chances of remembering pre­vi­ously for­got­ten in­for­ma­tion, sci­en­tists found.

Vol­un­teers tak­ing part in the 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.

Psy­chol­o­gist Dr Ni­co­las Du­may, from the Univer­sity of Ex­eter, said: “Sleep al­most dou­bles our chances of remembering pre­vi­ously un­re­called ma­te­rial.”

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