The Importance Of Sleep In Forming Long Term Memories

Scientists have established that sleep is the master-key to long-term memory formation. Scientists have established that sleep is the master-key to…ah, clearly it doesn’t work for short term memory :/ Pahaha! Joking aside though, a recent study on mice, conducted by a team from NYU Langone Medical Centre, in New York, demonstrated that a good old snooze after a bout of learning leads to structural changes in the brain. In other words, sleep promotes the growth of connections between brain cells that improves the passing of information from one another. These occur in the motor cortex, a region of the brain that plays a part in voluntary movements.

The study explains:
‘Scientists have long thought that slow-wave sleep is when we form new memories. This study shows for the first time how this happens physically’.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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