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’.