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New studies confirm that ‘sleeping on it’ makes for better learning and memory

By Tina Hesman Saey, 17:11 PM June 20, 2011

College students probably won’t heed the advice, but new research confirms that sleeping is essential for learning and remembering.

Sleep’s function has long been a mystery (SN: 10/24/09, p. 16), but many researchers have gathered evidence that it is important for learning and memory. Two new studies confirm that sleep plays a central role in solidifying memories and preparing the brain for new learning.

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