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New Reason To "Sleep On It": Study Shows Importance Of Sleep To Memory Consolidation And Task Performance

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November 22, 2000
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Harvard Medical School
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School kids may be cutting back on sleep to finish ever mounting piles of homework, but it could be a self-defeating strategy. Harvard Medical School researchers have found that people who stay up all night after learning and practicing a new task show little improvement in their performance. And the study suggests that no amount of sleep on the following two nights can make up for the toll taken by the initial all-nighter

Boston, MA (November 21, 2000) -- School kids may be cutting back on sleep to finish ever mounting piles of homework, but it could be a self-defeating strategy. Harvard Medical School researchers have found that people who stay up all night after learning and practicing a new task show little improvement in their performance. And the study suggests that no amount of sleep on the following two nights can make up for the toll taken by the initial all-nighter.


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Harvard Medical School. "New Reason To "Sleep On It": Study Shows Importance Of Sleep To Memory Consolidation And Task Performance." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 November 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/11/001122075125.htm>.
Harvard Medical School. (2000, November 22). New Reason To "Sleep On It": Study Shows Importance Of Sleep To Memory Consolidation And Task Performance. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/11/001122075125.htm
Harvard Medical School. "New Reason To "Sleep On It": Study Shows Importance Of Sleep To Memory Consolidation And Task Performance." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/11/001122075125.htm (accessed April 17, 2014).

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