Sleep, learning, and memory are complex phenomena, and studies have shown that the quality and quantity of sleep you receive have a profound effect on learning and memory functions. Research shows that sleep helps to promote learning and memory function in two distinct ways: a person who is sleep-deprived cannot focus attention optimally and as a result, cannot learn; sleep plays a role in the consolidation of memory, which is essential for learning new information.
Learning and memory are often described in terms of three functions: acquisition, consolidation, and recall.
Acquisition is the introduction of new information into the brain.
Consolidation refers to the processes by which a memory becomes stable.
Recall is the ability to access the information, consciously or unconsciously, after it has been stored.
Each of these steps is necessary for proper memory function. Acquisition and recall occur only during wakefulness, but research shows that memory consolidation takes place during sleep. When we are sleep deprived, our focus, attention, and vigilance drift—making it more difficult for our brains to receive information. Without adequate sleep, over-worked neurons can no longer function to coordinate information properly and as a result, we lose our ability to access information that was previously learned.
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