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Katherine Ripley
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Sleep and memory are intimately connected. Without the former, the latter does not function at full capacity. Both sleep and memory studies have led us to make fascinating new discoveries about the human brain - an organ which scientists are still trying to understand. This list is full of facts from cool sleep and memory studies that you need to know about.

All of these things found by sleep and memory studies give us new insight into how our brains work and how we can change our daily habits so that we are healthier and happier. You'll probably be surprised by a lot of these discoveries. Vote for the sleep or memory fact that you think is the most interesting.
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You Can Boost Your Metabolism While Sleeping


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Talk about a lazy way to lose weight. One study found that when people consistently sleep in a room that is kept at 66 degrees, they will gain more brown fat, which burns calories in order to maintain your core temperature. This means that you could lose weight just by sleeping in a cold room.
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Sleep Improves Memory


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Stop pulling all-nighters immediately. Science says that you retain information much better if you go to sleep after you learn it. Researchers think that our brains actively work on making memories while we're sleeping. Even a nap as short as six minutes after learning can help you remember the information better.
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False Memories Can Be Easily Implanted


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Scientific evidence repeatedly tells us that our memories are not as reliable as we would like to think they are. A 1996 study found that false memories could be implanted in up to 40 percent of its participants, and a 2002 study found that 50 percent of people are susceptible to having false memories implanted.
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The Strongest Memories Are Emotional


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When your brain sorts through memories during sleep, the emotion centers are particularly active. Several studies have indicated that we are likely to retain the most emotional parts of a memory, and this might be because our emotion centers are so active during sleep.