Monday, January 21, 2013

Does Sleep Help with Learning?

A ten minute PBS Newhour segment takes a stab at the answer. Its title is Can Sleep Make You Smarter?

It certainly looks that way. We learn more when we sleep after we study. Research cited shows that if we dream about doing a task we get better at it.

An aside: Some of the interesting facts noted in the segment that got my attention: Elephants only sleep four hours a day. Dolphins sleep one hemisphere at a time so that they can keep moving.

It's possible the positive effect on learning is one of the more important reasons we need to sleep. If you have problems with sleep, neurofeedback may help you.

Please comment here or email me. with questions.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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