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Daemon
Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Sleep Promotes Learning through Synapse Formation

Sleep has long been known to play a vital role in the learning process, but the precise science behind it was not fully understood. Using advanced microscopy, researchers were able to observe the formation of new synapses, or connections between nerve cells, in the brain and found that sleep-deprived subjects form fewer new connections than those allowed to sleep properly. Even intense, extended training on a task cannot make up for sleep deprivation. The findings suggest that sleep promotes the formation of new synaptic connections, thereby contributing to learning and memory formation. More...
Ping Pureoz
Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014 6:27:40 AM

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Does it matter if i sleep a long duration but in the morning (Eg. I have a nocturnal job.)
GreenBanana
Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014 11:23:38 AM

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This report sounds like what people have been saying. "Synapses not firing on all cylinders this morning, huh?" We've always depicted sleep-deprived people as not with it, whether they're groggy and stumbling, or whether they're enduring a manic delusion of capability.

Make every post as if it was the first one in the thread.
Doris Hayner
Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014 1:00:26 PM
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All well and good to say we need to sleep more...as if I wouldn't if I could! I end up falling asleep in my soup, but to get 8 hours of continuous sleep never happens.
Alexander Lo
Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014 5:05:34 PM

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I remember when I was in primary school. I slept during the Bible class. The catholic father woke me up; I thought I will be in trouble. But he said to me very gently 'Alex, it's time to go home now.' He was so nice and I never forget that moment.YL
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