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Sleep helps learning, memory

February 15, 2012

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Harvey B. Simon, MD, Editor, Harvard Health

Harvey Simon founded the Harvard Men’s Health Watch in August 1996 and was its editor in chief until retiring in May 2012. Dr. Simon is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a member of the … See Full Bio
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Allan Marsh
April 12, 2012

thanks for the posting, very fully picture…i don’t believe with all this things ..i am a small businessman and i love to work all the day, similarly love to sleep hole night.

April 12, 2012

These tips are really very helpful to improve sleep. I will follow these.

April 10, 2012

sleeping ? i like sleeping , but i can not sleep every night beccause there arre many homework . so did you say ” sleeping helps learning ” ??

Binary Intel
April 9, 2012

Great article on the power of sleep. I was baffled to learn so much. Will there be a updated study?

April 7, 2012

Sleep serves not only to memory also to lose weight fast.

April 7, 2012

and I agree to it as I have experienced it myself while studying for exams, when I was a teenager; And fast loss yes.

Rich Reider
April 6, 2012

Why after a nap would one feel un-rested, Nice article, I always try to get 8 hors of sleep each night.
Rich Reider

April 6, 2012

Hello, I am a tatuaggi artist.. and I agree to it as I have experienced it myself while studying for exams, when I was a teenager.

April 3, 2012

There are some country with the traditions in “taking naps”. Once upon a time my grandfather has fallen the tree and the tooked a 30 minutes nap :)–>

Make My Trip
March 31, 2012

I’m not sure I like the idea of sleeping during the day.

March 29, 2012

really good post

kına malzemeleri
March 24, 2012

I’m not sure I like the idea of sleeping during the day.

March 24, 2012

thank you

March 21, 2012

In a recent report by the National Institute of Health (NIH), it is estimated that more than 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia every year. While this number affects men and women of all ages, including children, it has been discovered that insomnia is more common in the older populating and affects more women than men.But the term insomnia takes into account anything from people who have trouble falling asleep to people who have trouble staying asleep. And the reasons for this condition are just as vast.Among some of the culprits are drinking too much caffeine, smoking, and drinking alcohol. These substances are known to affect sleep. But in this mix are also certain medications, illnesses, environment, pain and our emotions. Emotions such as worry, anxiety and depression can cause a night of tossing and turning. Insomnia has many side effects such as irritability, fatigue, depression, loss of alertness and memory. Running from mild (once a month) to chronic (displaying symptoms three times a week), insomnia can rob the average American of health and happiness.But there is help, and it doesn’t require a prescription. It’s Reiki

Mark Cody
March 21, 2012

I have been having power naps more frequently but maybe thats a sign of me getting old

March 20, 2012

Sleeping helps me with my Japanese studies. I sometimes have dreams in Japanese.

Carey Miles
March 20, 2012

I’m not sure I like the idea of sleeping during the day. I always feel worse afterwards.

Alun Henderson
March 20, 2012

I have regular power naps as my age requires them! I find I can cope better in the afternoon after 30 mins of sleep.

Alun Henderson

Michael Tibus
February 15, 2012

I am a firm believer that naps should be a part of daily life. I can see why other cultures take time out for a siesta. From you post, I do agree that your memory is enhanced from taking naps but I also believe (unscientific of course) that there is an anti-aging effect from taking naps as well. I’m 42 and I constantly get shocked looks from people who think I am 30. I have been taking naps since my high school days.

Michael Tibus

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