Memorising things is hard. Through out or lives we are trying to
memorise everything from events and history to exam answers and a
plan for the future. Many students will spend all night trying to
remember key facts for exams. It is ironic to think that sleep has
such a large effect on memory and learning. All the students that
spend all nighters to memorise answers may be doing more damage and
be more forgetful than those who get a good nights sleep instead.
For insomniacs it may be sobering news that not only does a lack
of sleep affect the memory and recall of exams answers, but also the
memory of faces, sceneries, experiences, procedures, and many other
things. Our memory of procedural and skills could be the most
important and is also the most affected by sleep.
In order to counteract the effects of sleep, people drink coffee.
Coffee has caffeine which helps to reduce the feeling of tiredness.
The problem with coffee and ultimately caffeine is that all it is
doing is masking the symptoms of a lack of sleep. It does not help to
improve memory, recall or learning.
When you sleep, your brain tries to sort out all the memories and
information from the previous day and file them for future retrieval.
It goes through a process called memory consolidation. It is during
this process that short-term memories from the day are set as
It is only after a 6 hour period of memory stabilization that
memory consolidation occurs. This means that a 6 hour sleep will not
have as much of an effect on your memory as an 8 hour sleep would.
Written by the award winning Mary Nicole Hicks. Read her latest
article �Association method to improve memory� at http://www.pickbrains.com/articles/association-method-memory.
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