sleep Interesting Things We Learned from Memory and Sleep Studies  

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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Memories Can Change as You Recall Them

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A study conducted in 2013 instructed participants to look at certain exhibits in a museum and then later showed them photos of exhibits they had seen and exhibits they had not seen. Viewing the photos strengthened the participants' memories of the exhibits they had seen, but also made them more likely to falsely remember seeing an exhibit they had not stopped at. Recalling a memory strengthens that memory, whether it's real or not.
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Nature Improves Memory

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A 2008 study found that participants performed 20 percent better on a memory test after a walk through an arboretum. For comparison, a walk down a busy street did not improve the participants's memory test results at all. It seems as though nature does wonders to revitalize the mind.
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Sleep Flushes Toxins Out of Your Brain

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According to new research, your brain flushes out neurotoxins that can cause diseases like Alzheimer's twice as fast when you're sleeping than when you're awake. This is because cerebrospinal fluid flows more freely and flows to more parts of the brain during sleep. This groundbreaking discovery provides a key insight into why sleep is necessary.
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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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