To excel, sleep on it
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.”