Wednesday, October 5, 2011

In the News: A Good Night's Sleep Can Improve Your Memory

A good night's sleep could help to curb forgetfulness, according to a Michigan State University study.

Researchers found that your brain processes information as you sleep, and in some cases, a good night's sleep dramatically improved participants' memories.

But what is a good night's sleep?

First, we need to get enough of it. The American Psychological Association (APA) says that in general, most healthy adults need an average of eight hours of sleep a night.

The APA also advises us to stop hitting the snooze button. By sleeping in small increments, we're decreasing our rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, when the muscles are relaxed and recent memories may be consolidated in the brain. When we hit the snooze button, we feel less rested during the day.

And keep a regular schedule. Go to bed at the same time each night to train your body when it's time to go to bed.

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