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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Why Sleeping On A Problem Often Helps

The Guardian: Why sleeping on a problem often helps

For sleep researchers it has been a mystery tinged with irony: why is it that when we are faced with a tricky problem, the solution is much clearer if we sleep on it?

The answer, according to a series of papers in the journal Nature today, lies in the hidden goings on in our brains while we slumber. In different stages of sleep our brains piece together thoughts and experiences, then file them in a structured way, giving us clearer memories and ultimately, better judgment.


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