June 6, 2014 | David

I'll spend a third of my life in bed with the lights out. But why is a good night's sleep so important to me?

Scientists who studied the brain of a sleeping mouse with a microscope saw new connections forming between brain cells important for memory. Sleep disruption prevented the new connections from forming. No wonder my brain feels so fuzzy when I get up early. All the more reason to make sure I get a full eight hours each night!

This research was published in the 6 June 2014 issue of the journal Science.


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In the study, sleep was more beneficial for learning a new task than doing extra training.


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