Sleeping Makes Learning Easier
How many sleepless nights did you spend in college, cramming for an exam that felt super important? Well it turns out getting a good night’s sleep actually could have helped more than that extra time awake. Now before you do anything dumb like kick yourself (or head out to a mattresses sale at a brick and mortar instead of checking out Nectar’s website), read on to see why sleep is such a vital component in learning, and how that can help you in the future. Oh, and seriously don’t worry about the mattresses sale, Nectar has low cost, high quality mattresses year round. It’s a no brainer.
The Silent Aid in Learning
While it may seem like a waste to the untrained eye that we spend a third of our lives sleeping, there’s actually a complex process going on while we snooze. Sleep keeps our physical bodies healthy, but it also helps our brains remember more. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin – Madison found that sleep improves brain performance by shrinking synapses in the brain. A synapse is the area where cells pass messages to other cells. Sleep is a restful time when the brain can sort out all the new information it has learned during the day and sort of re-sort it into our long term memory banks — a crucial part of the learning process. Sort of like how a mattresses sale used to be crucial to a good deal on a mattress — until Nectar changed the game. Not only that, the brain also FORGETS details that it learned throughout the day. This forgetting is actually an important step, as it sort of washes away old, less interesting knowledge and makes way for new information to be processed. It’s like washing old grass stains out of your clothes.
A Strong Synapse is a Big Synapse
The researchers, lead by Scientist Chiara Cirelli, have thought for years that a stronger synapse meant a larger synapse, meaning the space between synapses would be smaller. They hypothesized that after a full night’s rest these spaces would be smaller, making cognition better and easier. This was hard to prove as all the measuring of synapsis had to be done manually, and only recently has technology allowed for this to happen (kind of like how technology produced the Nectar mattress, making an old mattresses sale obsolete). After excruciating research (the team mapped over 6,000 synapsis) they saw that their hypothesis was correct. They found that synapse size and strength are upset by being awake and restored by sleeping. Furthermore, the study found that sleep keeps our brains malleable and able to learn new things. So there you have it, it turns out sleep is a vital component of learning, no matter what your age. If we can take that a step further, a vital component of sleep is a Nectar mattress. Nectar is at the forefront of sleep technology. Just take a look at the Nectar memory foam as an example. Nectar incorporates a fully quilted layer of gel cooling memory foam to provide extra loft and comfort, with great breathability. The difference is night and day. Try it out, you’ll be amazed at what you can learn.