Why all-night study sessions may do more harm than good
It’s the eleventh hour. You’re hitting the books, trying to cram in that last bit of knowledge before the big test. Could staying up all night studying actually do more harm than good when it comes to acing that exam?
Study experts from Brandeis University published a recent paper in eLife journal about the connection between sleep, memory and learning. They found that most animals, from flies to humans, have trouble remembering when sleep deprived.
Researchers actually studied the neurons in fruit flies to better understand their findings.
The fruit flies’ brain called the mushroom body is the section where memory is stored. The part of the brain that is responsible for storing memory was found to have active neurons when asleep.
“It’s almost as if the section of the mushroom body were saying ‘hey, stay awake and learn this,’ ” said researcher Bethany Christmann. “Then, after a while, the neurons start signaling to suppress that section, as if to say ‘you’re going to need sleep if you want to remember this later.’ ”
“Eventually, it could help us figure out how sleep or memory is affected when things go wrong, as in the case of insomnia or memory disorders,” said Christmann
So even if you’re not a college student cramming for a test, health experts show that a good night sleep is essential to good health.
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