Throughout life, we never stop learning. We also never stop day dreaming. Right now, you could be thinking about learning how to speak French. And then when you stop to think about it, really think about it, your second thought is going to be, “when will I have the time?”

Is it possible to learn while you sleep? New research says yes. But there are a few things you must know.
Is it possible to learn while you sleep? New research says yes. But there are a few things you must know first.

Time is our constant enemy. There are not enough hours in a day to do and accomplish everything you want to do. But what if there was a way that you could learn something new while you sleep comfortably?

We all know the importance of sleep. After just one night of unhappy tossing and turning, you wake up feeling like you can’t keep your eyes open, and you are likely to be irritable. You might even wake up in pain. Often, we simply relate sleep with rest and nothing more. Those 7 or 8 hours of downtime are for recharging only. After all, when you are working all day, how can you even imagine “working” all night as well? Learning while you sleep might seem like another chore that will leave you drained.

But it is not.

New research has shown that you can actually learn while you sleep. And you can learn quite effectively. However, there is, of course, a catch.

The only way you can learn while you sleep is through auditory means. This means putting on your headphones, laying down and listening. You then create auditory memories while you are sleeping. Sounds quite straightforward right? Well, it’s a little more complicated than that.

The research showed that memories are only formed during certain phases of your sleep.

Your brain will only make memories during REM sleep phases, the same phase that happens to be one of the most important when it comes to sleep. REM sleep will only occur a few times during the night so you can imagine that there could be gaps in your learning.  The first stage of sleep also showed some capacity for learning but that still means that there are still only certain times of the night when you will be absorbing the information you are hearing.

REM sleep gives us the rest we all crave but which many of us don't have in this day and age.
REM sleep gives us the rest we all crave but which many of us don’t have in this day and age.

Then comes the not so simple part: The slow-wave N3 sleep. While the two phases mentioned above will have you learning, the opposite happens during the slow-wave N3 sleep phase. Everything that you have learned might well be lost and forgotten. It is during this phase of sleep that your brain attempts to suppress memories and as a result, wipes away your newly gained knowledge.

Suppression and the importance of losing memories

During the day we make more memories than we realise. One of the researchers pointed out that the suppression of memories is actually one of the most important functions of sleep. We might not actually remember every part of the day, but in our subconscious mind, we are storing information.

Our brains are truly amazing, but they simply don’t have enough space to store every memory we make. So when we sleep, our brains go into storage and clean up mode. What we need will be stored, what we don’t need will be cleaned away.

The researchers said that even though it is possible to learn while you sleep, it might not be such a good idea to force your brain to do so. By forcing the brain to learn things like new languages, you are trying to override the important function of cleaning house.

The sample study consisted of 20 people, so it only offered a snippet of the capabilities of the sleeping mind. A more in-depth study might be better at pinpointing how the brain is able to learn while you sleep, and this could shed some more light on what learning material you can expose your brain to while you are sleeping. This is not the first study that has been done in this area and it is unlikely to be the last!

While you might not learn to speak a new language overnight, researchers did uncover the kind of learning that your brain can benefit from, such as learning to give up cigarettes.

Sleep remains an important part of life, make sure you have the right bed!

You should never compromise on the quality of your sleep. Is it time you bought a new bed?
You should never compromise on the quality of your sleep. Is it time you bought a new bed?

After a heavy day, sleep is the one thing that we all look forward to. It relaxes the body and the mind, allowing us to begin each new day with a fresh outlook. Having the right mattress is important if you are looking to enjoy the full benefits of a quality night of sleep.

When buying a new mattress you need to consider a few things. Is it a latex or a memory foam bed? Does it have an inner spring system? Is it suitable for my sleep needs? These questions are important and if you are unsure about the kind of bed you should buy, you shouldn’t hesitate to talk to a professional.

The Mattress Warehouse has the team to assist you. We know our bed brands inside and out, and we can guide you to your new bed. With Genessi beds for sale, Simmons beds for sale, Fabbro beds for sale, Serta beds for sale and Sealy beds for sale, we can assist you in finding the perfect bed.

Each of the beds for sale is designed to improve your sleep. They support the body correctly and they are made to last. We only stock high-quality beds, so if you are looking for a new bed, one that will perhaps help your brain learn while you sleep, we have the bed for you.

We want everyone to experience a great night’s sleep so our beds are for sale nationwide. With beds for sale in Pretoria, beds for sale in Cape Town and beds for sale in Johannesburg, we give you more choices. We also offer free delivery, just to make your life a little easier.

Buy your new bed online from The Mattress Warehouse or visit one of our shops. Our beds are affordable and ideal for the whole family and available in every popular bed size. We also stock other sleep furniture, such as steel bed bases, bunk beds, and various luxurious linens. Contact us today!