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A Good Night’s Sleep Helps You Learn!

Updated: Aug 31, 2020

Being a teenager can be stressful, exhausting and devilishly difficult. You must deal with pressure to achieve academic success, juggle school work with part-time jobs, driving lessons and extra-curricular activities, all while undergoing the physical, social and emotional changes that puberty brings. With all that you’re experiencing and doing, getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night is often not a priority.

However, it should be! Sleep deprivation has been found to negatively impact students’ learning and overall academic performance. Here are three learning reasons why your study timetable should include a good sleep pattern EVERY night:

  1. Sleep improves memory

  2. Sleep increases concentration

  3. Sleep lightens your mood

Sleep improves memory Have you ever pulled an all-nighter to study for a test only to turn up to school and forget everything? If you have, it’s not because you didn’t spend enough time studying, but instead not spending enough time asleep. The process of making new information “stick” in your brain occurs when you are in dream sleep or in a deep sleep.

For you to be in dream sleep or in a deep sleep, you need to be asleep for a long time, so if you have had little to no sleep, you cannot consolidate or remember information that has been taught at school. The next time you have a big test, study earlier in the day and go the bed at a reasonable time and avoid an all-night study sesh.

Sleep increases concentration

Concentrating in a class you find boring is hard at the best of times, so imagine trying to concentrate in that same class when you’re bored and sleep deprived. Concentration allows you to focus on acquiring and consequently remember new knowledge and skills without being distracted. When you’re concentrating, you’re more likely to understand the area and therefore don’t need to spend extra time or effort revising. Students who sleep less than the recommended seven to nine hours a night are more prone to concentration problems, and as a result, are more likely to misbehave in class and distract their peers. So, have a better quality sleep so you can concentrate and avoid relearning something boring.

Sleep lightens your mood

Happy learners are the best kind of learners. When you’re in a good mood, you’re more motivated to perform at a high academic level, collaborate with peers and make better decisions and perceptions. Students who are sleep deprived for a day or two will be grumpy and irritable and can experience memory issues, lack of concentration and the overall inability to learn effectively If you often find yourself feeling grumpy and having trouble learning, it’s a sign that you may need a lot more sleep.

Good night!

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Research references

Harvey, B. S., (2012). Sleep helps learning, memory [https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/sleep-helps-learning-memory-201202154265]

Curcio, G., Ferraro, M. and Degennaro, L. (2006). ‘Sleep loss, learning capacity and academic performance’. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 10(5), pp. 323-337 [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2005.11.001] Moran, A. (2012). Concentration: Attention and Performance. Oxford Handbooks Online. [10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199731763.013.0006]

WebMD. (2017). Sleep Deprivation and Memory Loss. [https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-deprivation-effects-on-memory#1]

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