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Sleep is 'key' to help memory

Sleep is 'key' to help memory
2nd May 2012

Memories are some of the most important things we possess as human beings, but sometimes it can feel that everything is happening so fast that we don't have time to process or treasure them.

However, the body has a natural way to ensure that we can store up important bits of information.

According to Professor Russell Grant Foster, circadian neuroscience specialist from the University of Oxford, memory consolidation occurs during sleep.

"During the day lots and lots of information is coming in," he said. "When you are asleep the brain is processing that information and making decisions about whether to send short term memories into long-term memory."

What's more, sleep can help people come up with new solutions to complex problems.

However, the body's ability to form detailed memories and problem solve is impeded in those who don't get enough sleep.

Consequently, to ensure that people are performing at their optimum level they must ensure that they get a good amount of sleep on a regular basis.

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