Hey, friends. I have been doing a lot of research about the connection between sleep and learning. (Check out Dr. Walker’s book if you want to dig in for yourself.) We probably all know that we should sleep more for a variety of health benefits. I have recently learned about the significant research that explains the connection to learning new material and sleep.
Bottom line: In order to retain new material, your brain needs adequate sleep after learning to sift through the information and commit it to memory.
I know many of us are chronically sleep-deprived. HOWEVER, while you are in test preparation mode, please make sleep a priority. Make a plan to come to class well rested and a plan to have a good night’s sleep after learning new material. You will thank yourself on test day!